We often times hear and read slogans being chanted on the news and newspapers “save the whales”, “hug a tree”, or “protect the environment”. I would like to suggest to us that God is ready for us to “change the environment”. Yes, I believe God would want us to become “environmentalists”. Many of us operate in life according to what we have experienced, and in many cases, we like our parents, continue to hurt and be hurt. We either move into control or we cower down and become passive or complacent, which is shame based, never really talking about what is really in our heart. There is a better way!
Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life…” and we would do well to unpack that just a little bit more. Let’s focus on “Jesus the Way”. Let’s look at the way Jesus related to life. He was not afraid of anything, he was not insecure, we saw that in Luke 2 when Jesus was only 12 years old and teaching the religious leaders. He never robbed people of their dignity even when rebuking them, he only addressed their hypocrisies. And according to Paul in his letter to the Philippians, he highly valued humility, honor, and agape’ (love that meets others needs, at my expense).
Jesus had no fear because He postured Himself in His Fathers presence always. 1 John 4:18 says that God is love, and perfect love casts out fear. Oh how our environment would change if Father God’s presence was always in our mind & hearts! If we truly lived our lives without fear of man, fear of death or sickness, fear of rejection, fear of lack, fear of future, imagine how our environment would be. No more need to control relationships, peace within and without, trust between former rivals. We would naturally be able to walk out humility and honor for one another. And this, my friend would be pleasing in the sight of God. Change your environment! Choose to love in ways that it costs you something, honor even those who don’t deserve it, and stop considering yourself more than you really are. Ouch!
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On the Way,