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It Is Living and Active

This evening I was struck by a thought of something that I have heard in various ways many times in my life.  It was a simple question; is the Gospel alive in inside of you?  Since this tends to be a forum for me to confess my short comings to the world, I must say that I had a hard time with what my answer would be to this question.  My first reaction was, what does it truly mean?  I know what the Gospel is and have some sort of understanding of what it should look like, but how do I answer such a loaded question?

I knew that this question didn’t roll up inside of me for no reason, so I began to ask God to reveal what He wanted to show me.  Immediately, as if by rapid fire, several other questions began to rise up inside.  Questions that are very elementary, but questions that maybe can be lost in the shuffle of every day life.  Are you loving the unlovely?  Are you willing to be the supply to someone’s need? Do you reach out to those in need of a hand?  Are you willing to sacrifice unto the end of yourself?  Do you give without expectation of what you are going to receive in return?

It was if question begat question, and then that question would begat another question until the final question came to me; “Should I have to force these things, or should they come through naturally?”  I know the answer to all of these questions, and I know I have done my best to offer of myself to those less fortunate than me.  Tonight I was apparently in need of a reminder, and I needed to be able to share it with you all.  Of course I thought of the following from Matthew 25:

34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36  naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me

40  The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

My heart breaks to think that I may have missed this in anyway; but my heart rejoices to know that as long as I have a breath in me, I have a chance to walk out this Gospel.  I have chance to prove that the Gospel itself isn’t merely words, but it is a living and active thing. 

This post is dedicated to my brother Jason and his wife Andrea.  They have walked out Jesus’ command, and taken in and adopted those that could have and probably would have been tossed aside and forgotten.  They have given them a chance to flourish and grow in the things of God and His destiny for their lives.  I am proud to know that I am apart of such a family. 

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6 Responses to “It Is Living and Active”

  1. I think your brother and sister-in-law are real live heroes for their commitment to the “spirit of adoption”. I’m with you brother, we need to understand the Gospel in new ways and move our hearts towards His view of the Good News…then when we see as He does…we can move. Thanks Bro’!

  2. Angi says:

    Good reminder. It’s too easy to get caught up in our own daily lives, our own struggles, our own temptations and our own needs and wants and forget that there are others who need OUR support and love.

    My husband and I were just talking about this the other day, and I was sharing how I’ve always struggled in this area. I have a tendency to resort to, “Well, MY needs aren’t being met, so I’m just going to drown in self pity.” Instead, my attitude should be, “My needs aren’t being met, and I know how it feels – how can I go the extra mile to make sure someone else isn’t feeling this way today?”

    I will say this. I am glad you have this blog. Sometimes it’s easy to forget, living here with so few people, that there are other people my age going through the same struggles and other people my age committed to coming out the other side stronger than we went in. 🙂

    • philip says:

      I so hate being selfish, and I hate when it is so easily justified. I am working on it for sure. Thanks for your kind words about the blog. I am definitely going to try to be as honest and open as I can, because it helps me to put it out there; and if it helps someone else, than that’s just an added bonus. Great thoughts, thanks so much!

  3. Jason Stasyszen says:

    I have honestly marveled about this myself. I thought of how many who go through hardships (like losing a dad early) can resort to all sorts of behavior, but as I’ve been privileged to grow in God and his heart, He changed my heart to care for the fatherless. I don’t we’re special in that sense, but we have encountered the grace to live out his love in this area. We all miss opportunities, but the big question is, what are we going to do with the next one?

    Thanks Philip. Great thoughts and appreciate the dedication. 🙂

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