Matthew 12:21 NLT
And his name will be the hope of all the world.
One of the things that I love to do is to talk about how God is changing lives around the work we are blessed to be part of. I met with a pastor yesterday from our region and had the opportunity to share our vision, work and the desire that I and our church has to impact for lives for Jesus.
Each of us comes from different points of view. Our methods, teaching, vision and even practice are often different. Yet one thing is central. In that meeting yesterday this one central piece was clear. We want to help hurting people. Hurting people, like us, need Jesus!
Lives matter. That is all lives matter despite color, location, socioeconomic position or anything else that tends to divide us. Around us we see this every day, but it is easy to turn our heads the other direction or stick our heads in the sand like an ostrich. To not see the pain around us, to not acknowledge in the pain in our lives is to miss what God wants to do in and through us.
As I repeated earlier this week I have a strong desire to be a “broker of hope” sharing truth that is much bigger and stronger than any of us. I believe that we must live purpose and with hope. Live with truth, and truth is a person whose name is Jesus.
Psalm 33:20 NLT
We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield.
Hope comes from Jesus. Dreams are fueled and filled by Jesus. Yet so many of the people we want to help don't know this hope. It is time that we help hurting people by meeting practical needs and giving people hope. This hope may be shared Bible verses or a sermon, yet this hope comes best in the relationships we build by helping others.
When we help hurting people, hope can be seen. Put everything else aside. The hope we must offer has to be Jesus. Nothing else heals like Jesus' hope. Nothing else fuels dreams like Jesus.
Mark 10:45 NLT
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.
The hope we give to hurting people is Jesus!