We can tell the world that there is life after death, but the world really seems to be wondering if there is life before death. — Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution
Wouldn’t it be incredible if the Church had a constitution? “We, the people of Jesus, are about these things…”
I present to you Hebrews 13. It’s a beautiful manifesto of what the Church is about. From that manifesto, we’ve created a Top 10 list:
#10. We, the Church, love people.
All people. Marginalized people, invisible people, and high-profile people. We love them all.
#9. We, the Church, honor marriage.
Let’s continue our list:
#8. We will be about simplicity.
#7. We stand in confidence.
So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (13:6)
#6. We teach and cling to grace.
Wow, what could Jesus do through a Church that looks like this? The possibilities are staggering and thrilling to consider.
Jesus, this isn’t an easy constitution. It requires love and sacrifice and rearranging our lives so we can be about the very things You are about – people. People who need Your love and provision and grace. And You can bring these things to them through us. May it be so. Amen.
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Renew your spirit for the year ahead!