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1 John 2:1-6, 1 Corinthians 10:24, Philippians 2:1-11
Text: 1 John 2:1-6, 1 Corinthians 10:24, Philippians 2:1-11
“Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.”
– 1 Corinthians 10:24
When we drink in the goodness of grace upon salvation and every day after that, we are no longer in debt to sin but are uniquely bonded to Christ forever. It is said that collectively we are the hands and feet of Christ, the very body that can carry out His desires on Earth.
When we humble ourselves before the Lord, we recognize that our own life is gone and we are bonded and risen with Christ. If we stay in step (walk humbly) with Him, we’ll know His heart and come to discern what makes it beat faster.
This world is broken with sin. It is evident in every facet of life, bringing forth everything from poverty to pride, from violence and vengeance to apathy and indifference. Sin causes rifts in relationships. Sin is always a break in the way God intended the world to be.
Tim Keller writes about a beautiful concept of “reweaving shalom” in his book Generous Justice. If we look at the tapestry of life, we can see there are threads that are broken. We can see the beauty of the whole has been compromised in places, worn out, torn through, frayed.
But shalom, it is peace times infinity.It is the powerful and holy peace that comes from God, from His power and in His grace. As believers, we have access to this shalom through the Holy Spirit and we can begin to repair the fabric of life in His name.
Keller writes about the gifts we have been given— our time, resources, and power. When we have a right view of God and ourselves, we know these gifts are evidence of a gracious Giver not our own goodness. So, we can humbly use our time, resources, and places of authority or influence to strengthen and restore the fabric of life for others.
When we are acting out of step with God, these gifts can become idols in themselves. But, when we walk humbly with Him, we see that we can use these gifts to make things right here on Earth. To be the hands and feet of Christ and begin to reweave shalom in the fabric of our communities is an exciting gift in itself!
“Reweaving shalom means to sacrificially thread, lace, and press your time, goods, power, and resources into the lives and needs of others” (Tim Keller, Generous Justice). We can be part of making the whole fabric of life stronger and more beautiful by using the gifts He has given us.
We learn how to use those gifts by walking humbly with Him.