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“A Story of Opportunity”

by on June 18, 2018

“A Story of Opportunity”

How would you meet a dictator and find a way to make a deal with him?
Good question. What strategy or tactics would you use? Good questions. What are the answers?

President Trump apparently wowed the dictator and mesmerized him with a short video of how things could be. Imagine Kim Jong Un seeing the images on the screen and comparing them to his regime.

Condemning and threats would have been easier but not nearly as effective – there could have been war.

The White House used wisdom and tact in offering something they would think to be out of the realm of possibility.

 

Can we offer people what is thought to be outside of the realm of their possibility? That is what God has done. That is what Jesus did. We, the Church of Jesus Christ, have the amazing opportunity to teach and live that option.

They will know you by your love, the Master said. When they see how you love each other, they will be mesmerized and captured by the possibility of experiencing that love. That costly love. That precious love.

When paradigms change, possibilities can emerge. Lives have to showcase the power of the risen Lord of life in our lives. Stories of victory over sin and harm and depression….

Jesus said, …the children of this world are, in their generation, wiser than the children of light Luke 16:8. The White House proved that this week.

With a five-minute video, a regime was challenged and conquered. Now, of course, in the grand scheme of things, this is just a pause in the narrative of history. This is not likely to be lasting peace but, it is a glimpse into what is possible – it is behaviorism – it is not really change of heart.

But, if people are shown what can be possible when love replaces hate and wisdom replaces war, the essence of the Kingdom of God is revealed.

God responds to our failures and differences with His grace.
His Amazing Grace –
How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!

Repentance, forgiveness, reconciliation, and restoration seem to be scenes from the past in the Anabaptist world. From the slightest personal infringements to the most grievous denominational differences, we have forgotten who we are. Jesus said that we are to go personally to the offender and restore fellowship.

That is the rule-of-Christ. That is the rule by which Jesus said we are to live. That is the possibility He sets before us today.

Are we wiser in our generation than our forebears were in theirs?
Are the children of this world wiser than we are?
Could that be a possibility?
Or must we have war?

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