As the election draws to an end, Christians have an opportunity to demonstrate what it looks like to follow Jesus. Whether your candidate wins or loses, others should hear grace, compassion, humility, and love when they inevitably bring up the election. Jesus said:
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” ~John 14:26-27
Jesus said these words just before they took Him away, tortured Him, and crucified Him. He knew what was about to happen. The world around His friends was about to crumble. Forgive my language, but it seems appropriate, especially on the eve of the election: all hell was about break loose.
Yet, Jesus spoke of counting on the Holy Spirit. He gave His peace. He specifically asked them to remain calm and not to be fearful.
Just a few moments later, Jesus told the disciples:
“In the world, you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33
My prayer this week is that Christians all over the world will take these final words of Jesus and put them deep into their hearts.
Consider that Jesus spoke these words in His last moments on earth. Wouldn’t you say what was most important to you if you had moments to speak before your death? What would you say?
Read the verses above again and ponder the fact that Jesus chose these words in the moments before His death.
Let’s take these words into action and consider that each person we speak to this week is like casting a stone upon the water – it ripples… and ripples…and ripples.
Make your ripple filled with love, peace, and joy so that others can see Jesus as the King of Kings. Can we do it? Will you try?