As Christians we’re all guilty of doing what we think is right and we fall short. One of the most prominent spiritual leaders in American history, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, once said “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” God’s power is so divine that he has stayed the same since the beginning of time; and yet, he continues to create every living being to grow and mature in his image. The good news is that He never changes, but you can. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He provides the sturdy foundation upon which our spirits anchor.
Once we decide to live based on God’s truth, He has a plan predestined for each of us. On this New Year’s watch night, as we look backwards to remember from where the nation is coming on its journey forward we can refer to the great words of famous abolitionist and statesman, Frederick Douglass: “I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others rather than to be false and incur my own abhorrence.” Truth was established in the beginning, but fraudulence has endured throughout the ages. The devil was there with Adam and Eve in the Garden, and he continues to perpetrate lies that cloud our judgment and keep us far from the blessings he has planned for us. For example, everyone in a choir is expected to sing at the right time. It’s your duty as a member, to know when it’s your turn and what note to sing. When choir members are in-sync, they can properly take the song from words with a beat to a for ministry. The second you let the devil step in and distract your thoughts from giving God praise in all that you do, you miss your cue and let God down. In life, people operate the same. One has to be aware of their cue, the moment when God gives you an opportunity to put your faith in him for the greater good.
Religiosity, acts of devotion to God, should be sincere. Not just playing your part in the body, but being a part of the body in mind and spirit. Angela Davis, activist and scholar, once stated, “It is important not only to have the awareness and to feel impelled to become involved, it’s important that there be a forum out there to which one can relate, an organization-a movement.” The Holy Spirit has endured through the ages to bring His people like out of turmoil, temptation, and defeat. God never intended for us to stay the same and he never meant for us to become self-righteous in our understanding of his expectations. Proverbs 3:5 states, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Together we can uplift his teachings and way of life to heal our families and communities. Men and women, young and old, can work together and make the presence of the Holy Spirit stronger across the world. Just like one light doesn’t dim the other, one voice can’t mute another. When we choose to be complacent –to stop growing in the word, seeking perfection according to his will and rebuking negative cycles of the world –we threaten the vitality that He promised.
No matter what anyone says or does, He sees the best in you. Famous social critic and author. James Baldwin is quoted as saying, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” Despite the cold shoulders, or dry hugs, side eyes and mean mugs; be the change God wants to see. Let him change you.
Picture credit: National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Happy New Year!
All Nations Baptist Church