The people walking in darknesshave seen a great light;on those living in the land of the shadow ofdeath a light has dawned.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David's throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
These days are filled with a special anticipation. Every moment seems to echo with the joyful expectancy of Christmas. Jesus is coming! The Savior of the world is on His way to establish the Kingdom of God here on earth! With bated breath we cling to the promise of old as we wait in this moment of pregnant expectation:
But Jesus didn't usher in this new Kingdom in the manner by which His contemporaries expected. He didn't do it with standing armies or mighty men of military valor. He didn't establish the Kingdom of God by way of government intervention or shear force. In fact, Jesus chose perhaps the most unlikely method to bring the Kingdom of God here to us on earth. He did it by gently becoming Lord of the heart. One person at a time. Heart by heart by heart. In the same unassuming way that He entered the world, Jesus enters our hearts and compels us to follow Him by His own meekness and love. Together, this is how we are changing the world through Forgotten Voices. One heart, one gift, one dollar, one child at a time. You know Jesus didn't establish the Kingdom of God in the manner everyone expected, but He still managed to save the world anyway. At Forgotten Voices, we're giving our best efforts to following this example of Jesus. Christmas reminds us that love has already conquered the world. It's our job to let everyone know by recruiting one voice at a time.
Today I wish we could all get on a plane together and fly to Zimbabwe. I'm confident that if we did this, we would witness first hand just how much we all have in common right now. We could look into eyes of our African brethren with joyful anticipation and raise our voices together shouting, "He's coming! He's coming!" The Lord of our hearts is on the way.
It is not too late to lend your voice to the Christmas story. I truly believe that gift to Forgotten Voices is an extension of Jesus' love to a child in need. Please click here to send a little love.
With excitement and blessings,
Written by Jesse at 12/23/2008 10:38:00 PM