“Jesus asks a great deal of His followers. He expects much more than just believing He is God’s son.  He challenged the twelve, as He also challenges us to embrace radically different standards, to love our neighbors and our enemies, to forgive those who have wronged us, to lift up the poor and downtrodden, to share what we have with those that have little, and to live lives of sacrifice.

This is not easy stuff. The temptation to retreat and keep our faith private has befallen every generation of Christian.

Yet we are carriers of the gospel-the good news that was meant to change the world. Belief is not enough. Worship is not enough. Personal morality is not enough. And Christian community is not enough. God has always demanded more. When we committed ourselves to following Christ, we also committed to living our lives in such a way that a watching world would catch a glimpse of God’s character-His love, justice, and mercy-through our words, actions, and behavior. “We are Christ’s ambassadors,” wrote the apostle Paul, “as though God were making His appeal through us” (2 Cor. 5:20) God chose us to be His representatives. He called us to go out, to proclaim “good news”-to be the “good news”- and to change the world. Living out our faith privately was never meant to be an option.” adapted from “The Hole in our Gospel” by ~Richard Stearns~

Disturb us God, every day, for the lost, the hurting, the broken, the lonely, the hungry, and the hopeless. Then, may we say, “Here am I Lord, send me.”