Saturday, October 28, 2017

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A few weeks back, I came across something on social media, believe it or not, that broke my heart.  It broke my heart because, although it had nothing to do with me and I hardly knew these folks, I could clearly see how Satan was orchestrating a plan for the destruction of a marriage.  There is so much bitterness, hate, and jealousy in the cyber world that I have thought countless times about removing myself from all social media.  However, at the same time, there are so many occasions from which I glean such encouragement, that for me to fully take the plunge, I would also be removing shining stars from my life that manage to always leave me with a greater hope, a more beautiful view of the world around me, and a love towards my fellow man.  What is a girl to do?

It would seem that removing the FACE-TO-FACE element of true communication has become the downfall of our society.  Comments that we would never make when sitting down with someone face-to-face have become a routine part of our day in this nation, and yet we wonder why America is so depressed now more than ever.  

It is because we were designed to exist and live in UNITY.  We were made in the very image of God as is stated in Genesis 1:26, and we were created to work together.  When we attempt to live outside of God’s plan, we invite discontentment and bitterness into our lives. However, when we understand that His way truly is best, we can experience a joy that surpasses our circumstances. One of my most favorite verses reminds me of just exactly how God designed His body to work and thrive.

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” (Eph. 4:15-16)

We all succeed in experiencing this beautiful thing called love to the extent that we are participating in this beautiful thing called UNITY.  If we truly believe this verse to be true then what does that mean for our lives as active joints in the Kingdom of God.  What type of sisters, mothers, brothers, wives and friends should we become?

It is my desire to become a FACE-TO-FACE sister, a FACE-TO-FACE mother, a FACE-TO-FACE wife and a FACE-TO-FACE friend - one that speaks the truth in love, but also receives the truth in love, knowing that it is for my best interest and the best interest of the body as a whole, that I am willing to see the truth in my life.  Lord, make me willing to speak it and willing to receive it FACE-TO-FACE.

Christ must be my head.  He must be the source of whom I seek to please, not men. He must be the source of whom I follow, and He should be my standard. Lord, keep my eyes fixed on you, FACE-TO-FACE.

I must be willing to do MY part.  How unimaginable is it that God would even allow us to participate in the building up of His Kingdom?  It is not that he needs us to somehow keep this world going, but rather he lovingly allows us to be vessels of His love to a world that so desperately needs it. How dare we take the gift that He has given us only to hide it because we are afraid or allow the opinions of others to keep us from doing the very thing that God has placed us here to do.  When we deny our God-given gift, the entire body suffers. God, help me not to fear men. God, help me not to fear the opinions of others, but rather help me to fear you. Help me to see myself as a vital part of your kingdom, not for the building up of myself, but for the building up of others FACE-TO-FACE, as I walk in the way you have called me to walk.

Finally, and quite possibly the one thing that has the most potential to impact the world around us, why don’t we become FACE-TO-FACE joints in God’s Kingdom that build up one another. The more we can begin to understand and believe that God’s body thrives when EVERYONE is doing their part, then the less we are tempted to hide behind a computer screen and tear it down.  The more I build you up in the gift God has given you and refuse to allow Satan to cause jealousies and divisions among us then we are both participating in this beautiful thing called love. And LOVE happens to be the very thing that draws people to JESUS.

So how do I want people to leave my presence, rather FACE-TO-FACE or Screen-to-Screen?  I want them to leave knowing more about GOD’S LOVE. I want to be honest, even if honesty is not comfortable because I know and believe that TRUTH is always the source of healing.  I want them to leave my presence feeling more loved than they did before and feeling more encouraged to use their God-given talent.  I want to reject any and all slander and always point others to seek healing because I believe we operate best when we operate like one.  I want always to be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3)

I have yet to arrive.  I have yet to conquer every doubt and fear that plagues me, and I have yet to become the very person that I am encouraging us all to be today, but it is my greatest desire.  I believe God’s word to be true, and I believe He will grant me the desires of my heart.  I also believe he will do the same for you.  Together, let’s become Kingdom Builders, united together with the sole purpose of building up the kingdom in love. Rather FACE-TO-FACE or screen-to-screen let's share something that's worth sharing, love.

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)


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