If you have read or watched the news lately, there is a lot of trouble being stirred up all over the world, not to mention right here in the great US of A! Of all of the tensions that are going on right now, the one that has everybody captivated is the crisis in Iraq. Men, women, boys, and girls are losing their lives simply because of their faith. Right now in the comfortable life we live in the US, there are people, still, that don’t seem to care that there is undeniable pain and suffering happening to the body of Christ. Our actions can say way too often, “What’s the big deal?” It doesn’t affect me where I am!
I want to challenge you as you read this; when one of us is hurting––we all hurt! You hear words like “Common Core” in education. Entertainment says, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Politics say, “Peace in the Middle East.” Christians say, “Jesus is coming back!” The world says not “Who is this Jesus?” but “Who cares about Jesus?”
So what’s the big deal? The big deal is that we are called to be actively living for Christ, loving Christ, reflecting Christ, and actively looking for ways to “Make Christ Famous!”
“What the big deal?” JESUS is the big deal!
He came to seek and save the lost! – Luke 19:10
He is our forgiveness! – 1 John 1:9
He is Love! – 1 John 4:10
He is our Hope! – Psalm 33:20
He is our Joy! – Psalm 28:7
He is a Big Deal! – John 10:10
As you go about your day, whether you live in the safety of a free nation or inside the borders of a nation that is “hostile” to the Gospel of Jesus, know that you are a BIG DEAL to Jesus!
Let’s pray, give, serve, and love the people of Iraq, St. Louis, and around the world that are living through some pretty heinous tragedies right now! Remember the words of Jesus:
John 16:33 (NLT), “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Now that’s a BIG DEAL!