We like to say, “Holiness isn’t what you don’t do. It’s what you do instead.” There’s a big difference between living your life fixated on avoiding things “not of God” versus focusing on your true identity and what God has called you to be. It’s not easy to shift the tilt of your heart, but the payoff is freedom over legalism; love over fear.
Generous EngagementChristians are called to engagement with the world. That’s what we mean when we say we are “the hands and feet of Jesus,” bringing the Kingdom of God wherever we go. Unfortunately, we often choose to engage in ways that can feel more like a sales pitch than real concern for the world in which we live and participate.
Becoming generous in our engagement requires a mindset like that of Christ, where salvation isn’t giving up on the world but is instead redemption of God’s creation. “Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven,” wasn’t a platitude – it was the goal. Let’s consider what that looks like as we prepare ourselves for generous engagement.