Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 76, Ezekiel 30:20-26, and John 16:25-33
“Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Jesus’ words are still true. Jesus is king of all.
We recently held an election. Some believers were happy with the result, and some were not. Some voted for one candidate, and some for another. Some of the believers who wanted new leaders were quite upset when their favorite candidates weren’t elected. Some even went so far as to say that the nation is failing, or that this was the beginning of the end.
We forget in our anger and fear that Jesus is King. It doesn’t really matter who is the President, as long as we trust Jesus and obey him. There once was a time when being a Christian was a crime, and believers were routinely fed to lions before a great, cheering crowd. Yet during that time the Church grew faster than at any other time in history. There are still places where Christianity is unwelcome, where following Jesus means hardship, prison, and often death. Yet the Church is strong there. God cares for his own, no matter who is in control.
Perhaps we’re going about it all the wrong way. Perhaps if we focused on making disciples by taking risks and changing lives, then we could have a positive impact on society – and therefore our government. Maybe if, instead of trying to be heard about this candidate’s faults or that law’s problems, we focused on quietly growing the kingdom of God, we could actually have more influence. Maybe the answer is less emphasis on what is happening in society and more emphasis on showing God’s love to others, bringing them into the kingdom, and then teaching them how to see and follow God.
“Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”