The Call, part five

There’s a verse in chapter 3 of Jeremiah that I love, because it really sent my mind thinking about something that I don’t regularly think about. First I will share the verse, and then I’ll tell you what it got me thinking about. Just to set the verse up a little, this is God talking about the ways His people have abandoned and forgotten Him. And here, he offers a call to repentance.

Jeremiah 3:22 “Return, O faithless sons;
I will heal your faithlessness.”
“Behold, we come to you,
for you are the Lord our God.

Now, faithlessness and disbelief aren’t the same thing, but this verse brings to mind a more well known verse from the new Testament.

Mark 9:23-24 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out  and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

Now that verse is very interesting, and something you can really get in depth on, but I want to focus on two things today. First look at the Jeremiah verse. God says “I will heal your faithlessness.” And then look at what the guy says to Jesus in Mark. “Help my unbelief!”

To me, these verses point to one question, and it’s both simple and profound and easy and difficult. Why do we ever keep anything out of prayer? This is a serious question, even though maybe it sounds a little silly. But why do we ever keep anything out of prayer?

Here’s a story for you, and admittedly, it’s a little dated because it’s been a few weeks since I posted one of these Bible blogs, but just stick with me. And I’m just gonna delve into some real talk here, so just come along with me and let’s talk like adults for a few minutes.

I found the Presidential election to be really rough this year. I know a lot of people feel/felt the same way. Elections bring out a nasty side in people, believers included, and the whole thing just breaks my heart. You can debate me all day long about should churches get involved in politics and should they not, and I’m relatively certain we won’t change one another’s minds, but for me it was just kind of a heartbreaking period of time. Christians, for the most part, rallied behind Trump, and that’s their choice, I’m not knocking it. It’s not so much who people vote for that gets me, it’s how they conduct themselves en route to casting that vote. There were some very un-Jesus like things said by people who are followers of Jesus, and that never sits well with me because when we portray hate instead of love we’re doing a disservice to our King. And I say we because I’m imperfect as well.

One thing that’s really been a struggle for me lately is the lack of genuine, Christ-like love I’m seeing in the body of Christ. Man, I know none of us are perfect, I look in the mirror and I know that, but can you honestly tell me we’re doing our best here? Can you look at your Facebook feed the week leading up to the election and tell me that every believer you know was doing their best to represent their political views in a way that also displayed the perfect love of Jesus? Because I just feel like we’re coming up way short. And that’s okay, we’re always going to come up short, but here’s my issue. I feel like we’re coming up short and then shrugging and not trying to reach higher the next time.

So that’s one thing that was just kind of brewing inside of me and getting me off balance in the weeks leading up to the election. Tomorrow I’m going to continue talking about this, because as unlikely as it may seem right now, I do have a point eventually the relates back to the verses I shared at the start of today’s blog.

PRAYER AND CLOSING

Father God, first off I just wanna pray for myself here.  I can’t rightfully look at the behavior of others and not examine my own behavior, so I’m asking you tonight to search me, Lord.  Search me and make known to me the areas in which I’m coming up short.  I want to see your people be a beautiful reflection of you, because when we do that things shift in this world.  Please help us overcome ourselves, help us think and feel the way you do, help us to shut up every now and again and just listen instead of always having to get our two cents in.  Help us to love one another, and give us wisdom in how to express things like disappointment to one another in a way that is loving yet truthful.  Help our focus, God, heal our focus, even.  Pull our focus off the waves and onto the one who walks upon the water.  I ask all these things in the precious name of Jesus, amen.

I love you guys!  I hope you’re all having a good start to December so far!

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