Jesus taught that we cannot see the kingdom of God unless we are born again. Created in Christ Jesus, our spiritual eyes are opened; we know that God is real and that the salvation story is true. The new life in Christ gives us eyes to see and a heart that is moved by the Spirit of God.
Watching the news can be overwhelming. We witness a lot of brokenness all over the globe, but we are not meant to carry the world on our shoulders. We can only be in one place at a time. Wherever we are, this is where God has called us to serve.
God’s children are called to be a blessing. If believers are more prominently known for bickering and fighting, then we know that something is wrong and it has nothing to do with Christ. Created in Christ Jesus our first calling is to love. The apostle John wrote about this topic – apparently division is not a new problem – and he said (1 John 2:10-11):
“Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.”
God’s children glorify God when they love one another. If people can witness love and respect in the way believers treat each other, then they see Jesus in them. This is how the Prince of Peace is introduced in a world that is deeply divided – and I believe sharing Jesus is the good work all God’s children are called to do.