But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NASB)
Two days and two shootings in the news. The United States seems to love tragedy and hatred. When it is not in the news, it’s readily available in the form of entertainment. I cannot even begin to count the number of CSI, Law & Order and true life crime dramas on TV. Throw in reruns and it seems the message of outrage and violence can fill our minds 24/7. Where is the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control?
The truth is, all of those things are the fruit of the Spirit and should be within us. When Jesus told us to love our neighbors, I am convinced He wanted us to show them love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. When He said we would do “even greater things,” I am convinced He expected us to get out and help a stranger, neighbor or friend. I believe a key to bringing freedom to our region isn’t just setting ourselves apart from the world in our hearts and minds, but stepping into the world and shinning.
The truth is, we have the answers to every question, problem and/or situation in Christ Jesus. We ARE the solution in most cases. My challenge to you is to go be the solution. Find a person you can help and start helping. Help fix a broken fence, babysit a young couple’s kids so they can have a night out, teach a teenager how to work on a car, or make lunch and share it with a grandmother. There are thousands of problems in our area and we have the answers to each one. You, you reading this, you have the answer! Just pick one problem and start being awesome!
Here’s the kicker, you don’t have to talk about Jesus. Sure, because He is such a big part of your life, Jesus will come up at some point. When that happens, go with it and let Holy Spirit speak through you. Until that happens, just keep problem solving. The kindness of a stranger is so counter cultural that stories about it go viral on social media. The world is starving for good news and the Good News. With that in mind, I encourage you to be strange this weekend. Be counter cultural. Show your neighborhood a little more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control and a lot less of the other stuff.