Saturday, June 07, 2003

Forty-Day Immersion: Day 15

The world is unprincipled. It's dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn't fight fair. But we don't live or fight our battles that way - never have and never will. 10:4 The tools of our trade aren't for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. 10:5 We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. 10:6 Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, The Message

Day 15

How do we get the message out?

Everything listed in this passage would make a huge difference in a person’s life. Those that are experimentally living it out are seeing real change in their personal and social lives. Others that are watching and waiting to see if its really real are considering trying it for themselves, at least the parts they find the most attractive.

Considering all of the ways the truth and impact of Christianity and a living faith in God has been packaged and presented, the most consistent appears to be word-of-mouth. People who live and work around others gain credibility by the consistency of their own interactive lives. If I am perceived as real, maybe my message may be, too.

I was taken by this statement from Morrie Schwartz in Mitch Albom’s great book, Tuesday’s With Morrie:

“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

We get the message out by getting the message in, by truly owning something that is truly meaningful, the essential message of the entire Bible – by loving the Lord our God with all of our hearts, all of our soul, all of our mind, and loving our neighbor as ourselves.

There may be many ways to be devoted to love, but I believe all start, and end, right here.

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