There are many days when I contemplate in the quietness of my morning, what is the trajectory of our world and the seemingly endless parade of evil acts being perpetrated on the unsuspecting general public? Further to that, is what I am doing on a daily basis having any positive affect on that trajectory? How can we as children of God try and take heart in the pursuit of his commandments to love one another when so many times we are witness to the seemingly unlovable?
Many questions, I know. At Mosaic we celebrate the successes we see and the transformations we witness as lives change through the many relationships we generate as we share God’s good news in scripture. But is it enough? Some days I have a strong feeling of discouragement and a deep desire to do more because it just never seems like enough.
However, as he often does, God spoke to me through his word. It suddenly occurred to me that it is not only about what I do but more importantly what we ALL do collectively. As God’s army we must be diligent every day in everything we do to pray, read his word, practice his commandments and put them into action. Every minute of every day. Those who strive to do evil are working just as hard and perhaps harder to further their “gospel”.
It occurred to me as I read in Proverbs 6:16-19 (NIV 2011), that if we all just followed this admonition, the things that we feel are out of our sphere of influence could be greatly affected in a positive way. The passages tell us, “These are the six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”
Imagine a world where each of these six things the Lord hates and the seven that are detestable to him we actively avoided. It should start with the children of God but imagine if EVERYBODY followed these simple things. As I said, I often contemplate, am I doing enough? But if I can exercise these things and the person next to me does the same and so on, what a different world we would live in! So as I read, I am encouraged that if I do my part in service to the Lord and the next person does the same, a difference can be made. As we follow what we are encouraged by the Lord to do, to one person at a time, we can indeed change the trajectory of our world.
I think of the way a Mosaic is formed from many different shapes and sizes of glass. Many are different colors and may often be a piece broken from a complete vessel. But through the careful craftsmanship of a master artist all the different shaped, broken and colorful pieces are transformed into a beautiful piece of art. And as the light shines through it, it projects the beauty of all the colors to all who look upon us. Do your part every minute of every day to avoid what the Lord hates. Become a piece of the Mosaic that God is fashioning as we serve and give him the glory and honor through our actions when we love one another as he has loved us. (John 13:34, NIV 2011)