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For the past several weeks I have talked about God’s plan for justice. His message is important. Did you hear it? It can change your life. It changed mine.
Again, let me summarize. The plan for justice is written in the Bible – a very special book. We needed God’s plan because humans became sinful. We broke the relationship with the God of life. People chose separation from God. People chose sin and death. God deserved justice. Yet, He fixed the relationship. He chose life for us. He sent His son, Jesus, to pay the price for sin and guilt. By Jesus’ death and resurrection, we know the plan worked. We can have hope. We can have peace. We are forgiven. Rejoice! By God’s great kindness, through faith in Jesus we are saved for life with Him (Ephesians 2:8).
But, now what? If you and I are saved by God’s kindness what are we to do now? Should we sin some more? That would not honor God. Should we sit and wait for God? There must be a better idea. Should we get up and celebrate? Maybe.
God gives us things to do. First, God tells us to come together in His presence. We are to worship him. He tells us talk with Him. We are to pray. He tells us to pray for more workers. He sends us to serve. He wants us to love others. He says to tell others the Good News about Jesus. He says to make him followers from all nations. He says to teach and to baptize. He says to heal the sick. He says to comfort those who grieve. He says to feed the poor. He says to defend the fatherless. Yes, God’s people are to be God’s ambassadors.
But, never fear. God tells us that we will not be alone. He will send a person to help us. And, God does not send just any person. He sends His third person, the Holy Spirit. This Holy Spirit helps us to understand God’s Word. And, the Spirit helps us to live with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. The Holy Spirit gives gifts that help people to know God.
So, if you are wondering what to do today, it is time to get off your chair. It is time to become God’s ambassador. It is time to spread the Good News of Jesus here in Huanuco, Peru. Up to the mountains, down into the jungle. From Lima to La Paz, from Santiago to Quito, from Jerusalem to your heart it is time to spread the love of God.
That is “what now.” You have a purpose. You are an ambassador. You have great value to God.
I’m Leon Smith.