The topics I write about on this blog are intended to prompt action. If they are just words, or perhaps even clever thoughts, then there is no point. Reading how we should follow Christ, if left at simply reading, produces nothing. We are called to movement. We are the hands and feet of Jesus, and hands and feet are both instruments of action; they are instruments of change. Clay gripped by the hands is never the same again; neither is a soul whose has experienced our helping hands. When we walk, we end up in a place that is different from where we were before; so it is when we venture forward in love. Everything changes when we take action. Nothing changes if we simply are aware of what we should be doing.
Just as it’s easy to read and be unchanged, it is also easy to write and be unchanged. It is sad if you read these words and do nothing. It is absolutely tragic if I write the words and leave it at that. With knowledge comes responsibility. We can never claim that we were unaware of what we were supposed to do. If you don’t want the responsibility, stop reading now! Lock away your Bible and burn your books. But if you would follow Christ, if you would serve the one who gave His life for you, keep reading. Then get up and put the words into action. We are indeed the called, and to what are we called? Action! We are called to serve and love everyone with whom we come into contact. We are called to identify with the poor by sharing what we have with them. We are called to care for the orphans and widows by taking them in as one of our own family. To love and to serve cannot be passive events; both require action.
One of my favorite authors, Ken Blanchard, loves to say “None of us is as smart as all of us.” If I may take a small liberty, I propose that none of us is as strong as all of us; none of us can accomplish as much as all of us. Here is my challenge, my desperate request: take what you read here and in other writings like this and apply what you learn. Put action behind the words; be the hands and feet of the message. We desperately need each other. Let us put our hands together to accomplish much, and let us put our feet together to walk further than we ever could alone. You are not alone, and neither am I. Christianity is a team sport; it can be no other way.
Are you willing? Can I count on you? I promise that you can count on me. I will be there, holding high the flame of Christ. We all get tired, but together we can press on. So my prayer is that you will join me in actively pursuing Christ. My prayer is that I will passionately, desperately devote my life to Him and all He is, and do so with utter abandon. I want to love. I want to serve. Are you in?