WWJD? – What Would Jesus DO?
I have been encouraged as we have started Lent how people have responded to the call to take it seriously.
A number of people have mentioned what they are giving up or taking up for Lent, and more importantly I have been overjoyed to hear of those who are committing to daily devotions and the reading of scripture.
In this I have been reminded of the assurance in Isaiah 55:10-11 that says:
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
By committing to the reading of scripture in this season I have no doubt we will reap benefits as the Lord accomplishes what He wills. I believe this will help us to grow as individuals and as a community of believers.
As we do this we are Treasuring God, as we do this across our campuses we are Stronger Together.
We are Finding Freedom in Jesus day by day and we are Making a Difference as we prioritise the scriptures and endeavour to make and be disciples (Matt 28:19-20).
Since we have begun this journey through Lent I have also been conscious of how the traditions or rituals of the Church must be more than just words.
Our preaching series for Lent is Shadowing Jesus – Following Jesus to the Cross & Beyond.
It seems clear to me that action must accompany our words (Jam 2:17).
With this in mind there is an opportunity for us to help those nearby who are struggling due to the floods we have recently been experiencing. In this we can be practical help in time of need.
If you have time to give you could volunteer through official channels here.
Or perhaps you could supply some of the following goods:
– Unopened non perishable food items,
– Cleaning supplies: sprays, cleaning vinegar, bleach, brooms, brushes, antibacterial wipes and mops.
These would be delivered across the border to a Baptist Church (The Hub) in Murwillumbah that is helping directly with people affected by the floods.
If you would like to donate then Ben Findlay (Chaplain @ Helensvale Schools) will be taking donations over the next few weeks (dates & times to be confirmed) in the CrossLife Helensvale Carpark.
How is this connected to Lent again you might ask?
Well it might sound corny, but WWJD (what would Jesus do)?
We are shadowing Jesus during Lent and dare to think that this is exactly the type of thing Jesus would do! He would follow through with more than just words alone.
I also believe that we should pray, pray for those in need, pray that churches would stand up and do what they can, pray that conflict can be ended and that peace can come. Both physical peace in places like Ukraine, but also that the peace of Christ may continue to work in and through us (Col 3:15-17).
There is a famous prayer for peace that is often attributed to Sant Francis of Assisi that I think can be helpful for us to pray for ourselves also that goes like this:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
June 23, 2022
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