“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” Mark 7:6
Greetings, and welcome again to Detroit. Throughout the week we walk together, in faith, through the broken streets and pray for the healing touch of a savior. There was a comment yesterday that was a particular blessing, and I am going to post it for you. To read the article, just click on this link: www.aerochug.com/examiner/x-20894-Detroit-Methodist-Examiner~y2010m1d18-Why-we-do-what-we-do The comment was this:Sharon Doan – Jeremy, when I moved to Detroit 45 years ago from Florida, I was shocked by what I found. Over time I not only came to understand the city, but to love it. It is my home. Even with its faults there still lives within the city limits people who dream of a better day for Detroit. I wish our visitors could meet the real Detroiters who work for the good of the city government, the beauty of the streets, the betterment of the schools, the enforcement of our laws and risk their lives to uphold it No question Detroit needs a revival. Drugs and immorality of every kind abounds in our city. Children struggle to survive growing up in the midst of the chaos. And people die every day who are innocent bystanders. Yet, in spite of it all, Detroit never stops trying. I encourage everyone, please pray that God will send a great revival to Detroit.
First, many thanks to Sharon for her heartfelt sentiment, That is exactly the spirit that this city needs. We need to be able to recognize the ills, but realize the solution, Jesus Christ can turn this city around. There are many revivals and movements that go on throughout the course of a year, but that is not really where we will see the greatest change. In fact, those movements can end up leaving a big hole when the excitement dies down. The thing that would change Detroit more than anything would be Christians walking the walk, or living the life. 1000 Christians walking in God’s word would do more than any great pastor or speaker could ever hope to do. You see, while we are building churches and programs, that is not what the world is watching. The world is watching us. And, what they are seeing is not always the best sign that Christ will heal their lives.
You see, when a Christian ministry fails, the world looks at the culprit. For instance, if a charismatic leader is caught being immoral or dishonest, the ramifications are immediately felt. A ministry that touched thousands or even millions comes crashing down. As people, we tend to worry more about our projects than our souls. However, it is in our personal lives that the truth of Christ becomes most evident. What the world wants to know is, who is the man behind the curtain? Is it another phony Wizard of Oz, or is there something true, something real? It takes one charismatic preacher to build a movement, but that same one person can bring it all crashing down.
When the curtain is pulled back on our lives, what will be seen? There are many kids who have left the church because they came to resent it. They lived in a place where the parents spent so much time in the church that there was little left at home. People give themselves to causes, but Christ gave Himself to people. Our first ministry is in our home. Do that successfully above all, and let everything else fall apart if it needs to. If we do not, then everything including our homes will fall apart. From there, we can minister to those we work with by living a life worthy of Christ. That is all that ministry really is, being obedient in our every day lives to the calling of Jesus.
We look at the big picture so often that we forget what it is made of. We talk about the ills of our world, the ills of society, the ills of the city and so on. Friends, all those things boil down to one common element: people. Without people, there is no family, city, or society. So, in order for a city to get better, the people must BE better. That is where the impact of Christians truly living for Christ comes in. That is where the change that Detroit so desperately needs will come. That is where wonderful Christians like Sharon make the world a better place. (I have had the pleasure of knowing her for a several years and can attest to that!)
Are you ready for a revolution? It starts with the way we get out of bed. Be sure to thank God each step of the way and you will never run out of blessings. Thanks to all of you who have stopped by again. It is a blessing writing and living in this beautiful state. Please tune in again on Friday as we continue in this great gift called life. Until then, God bless and keep reading.