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.
We refuse to call it quits. And we acknowledge that while another person won’t fulfill us ultimately, we’ll still uphold the sacredness of marriage.
Let’s continue our list:
#8. We will be about simplicity.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (13:5)
Will we allow Christ to satisfy us? If so, how can we simplify our lives for the purpose of increased generosity? There is freedom in this, and with freedom comes contentment. A church full of contented people can love well with the resources God has entrusted to them.
#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)
We will not be steeped in fear: fear of world affairs, fear of the future, even fear of certain types of people. What’s the worst that can happen to us? Nothing of eternal significance.
#6. We teach and cling to grace.
Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace…. Let us, then, go to [Jesus] outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. (13:9, 13)
Aligning ourselves with Jesus and His grace means we make our home “outside the camp” and alongside the vulnerable and outcast.
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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