God’s Plan for a Hurting World
Turmoil, unrest, and riots, seem to be occurring in every corner of our world today. If we dare comment on such things, we are bullied into taking an extreme position. We are pushed into positions of black or white and there is no tolerance for gray. We are urged to not only hate a position, but to hate the person holding the position. It’s hard to find an unbiased source of information that just report the facts and events without espousing positions on what’s right and wrong in our world.
Despite this rancor and division, we are called to establish sustainable relationships with men who want answers to questions which will help establish secular or biblical worldviews. We need to offer prayer and love as an antidote to this hate mongering.
We preach a God-breathed love that is offered without condition, requirements, or borders. This love provides grace and forgiveness instead of the hate that manifests itself in judgement and revenge. This love can overcome the crippling disdain that exists for anyone who thinks, looks, or acts differently than us.
The beauty of the timeless master plan of God is that He makes His love available through the Trinity at all times, for all people and without conditions. All we have to do is seek and believe.
Jesus came to all the world as a source of empowering and sacrificial love. Jesus brought into our world the light that can take away all darkness through the power of a loving, personal relationship with Him.
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. (John 1:1-5)
Jesus fulfilled His earthly mission of teaching us to seek and save the lost, to live and transform as His disciples and to love God and others. While we were still sinners, Jesus sacrificed Himself as an act that provided the forgiveness that through Him a bridge exists for us to connect to the Father. By first following Jesus, we can serve and become His disciples to become disciple-makers as we love and influence others in His way.
Prior to His ascension, Jesus assured us the Spirit of God would take His place to love us, guide us, and direct us in being His church.
“I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Through this sanctifying love of seeking to be like Christ, we can be equipped, coached, and mentored through our relationship with the Holy Spirit.
We are called to be change agents. As men committed to do ministry with other men and their families, we must seek to become the calming voice that reaches above the fray of all the hate and judgement that exists in our world today. While we seek to minister to others through loving, transformative relationships our charge will be to help them grow in their daily focus on God, the Creator; Jesus, our Savior and Lord; and through the Holy Spirit.
As servant leaders, we should seek to gather men wherever they are in their faith journeys and share the news of the unconditional, sacrificial, and sanctifying love known through the Trinity. In doing this we can become the men God is calling us to be in the building and serving of His kingdom.
Jim Boesch, Deployed Staff Member
General Commission on UM Men