Last week I was invited to church by a friend. This invitation was not a normal invite. It was the kindest request I have ever received, and was sent through an email. Now, this person knows me by Gina, but when the invite arrived it was addressed to Mrs. Gippner-Woods.
I graciously accepted the invite and yesterday I drove to Los Angeles so I could be a part of the service, and I was reminded of something.
There are many people within the world. Each one of us are born to want to fit in. We want to be loved and accepted. There are groups for a reason. We each like different music, movies, and colors. Some people like cats and some people like dogs. Some like meat and some are vegetarians. Some like to swim, and some don’t like to go near the water…. Yes, there are so many things that make us who we are, and when the Pastor said, “It’s time to make shift happen!” I realized that in order to do that, I would have to change!
When one becomes a Christian they do so because they chose to. I’ve never read one story in the Bible where someone was drug by their hair to the feet of Jesus. Jesus doesn’t work that way, only people. We are the one’s who feel the need to tell other people what we think, how we think, and why we think. Whom to believe in and why, and I know for me… the only reason I believe in Jesus is not because someone told me to, but because I took the time to research the Bible. I got to know who God said He was, and who He said Jesus was. The most important journey I’ve ever taken in my life was to read about who Jesus said he was, and why he came. It wasn’t until I got to know him through his Words where I made the decision to believe him.
That’s what I learned yesterday… “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
On January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born. He was born to bring the message of racial equality and to end discrimination. He too came to make “shift” happen!
On April 3, 1968, King gave his last speech, (making reference to a bomb threat that was made on his life.) King said the following:
“And then I got to Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers? Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. So I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”
On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. life was taken from him.
It’s interesting to me because both Jesus and Martin Luther King, Jr., both wanted to live another day, but that wasn’t possible. Both seemed to love the people within the world so much that they were not afraid to keep sharing their message of love and hope within the world, and both died for it!
Yep… IT’S TIME TO MAKE SHIFT HAPPEN!
And the only way to do that is… each person needs to repent for their thoughts and actions of another, 17 … From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 4:17
ONWARD TO MY KNEES!