We live in a very fast-paced, performance-oriented world and it's very difficult to keep up, isn’t it? Sometimes the circumstances of life can be so overwhelming that we can't keep up and we lag behind. The sad thing about that is the rest of humanity is so caught up in this fast-paced, performance-oriented world that they don't stop to help us catch up.
We're left alone in some very difficult circumstances.
I believe that if we took the time to listen, we would hear the desperate cry - “Is there anyone out there that will fight for me? Is there anyone out there that will love me? Is there anyone out there who will accept me?”
The parable of the Good Samaritan comes to my mind, where people kept passing by the man who had been beaten up and left for dead. In the end there was one, only one, who stopped.
We’re told in 1 Thessalonians, “Encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14b (NASB) The word “fainthearted” is, “asthenés,” and it literally means “those who are weak” or “those who are without strength.” Have you ever felt that the world you’re living in has knocked you down so severely that you have no strength to get up? Recently, my wife gave me a plaque that I just love and it reads, “The Grace of God sat down with me until I could walk again.” My friend, did you hear that?
The Grace of God sits down with you until you can walk again.
Oh beloved, that is the heart of our God, but it needs to be the heart of the Church. We are God with skin on to the rest of the world. I challenge you to look for those that are weak and weary. Look for those who are “asthenés,” - without strength. Look for that man on the side of the road that's been beat up and sit down with him until he’s able to walk again. You will be living Grace in that moment, and Grace will no longer be just a doctrine, but a reality to the one that you sat down with.
God bless you today. Go be the Church!
Each week, Pastor Frank sends several short, encouraging videos to his circle of friends.
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