It Has To Be Personal

In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. Romans 8:3 (MSG)

One of the things I know is that life is messy. Everywhere you look, in most people you meet there is something that is not as it should be. We struggle with sin; sometimes choosing it over what we know is better. We live in the middle of the ripple effect of people that have chosen sin and deal with the damage it does to all those associated even in the slightest way. We see the horror on the news every day that results from those decisions.

In light of all this, I stand in amazement that Jesus would come, place himself smack in the middle of it. In the Message it says that he entered into the disordered mess of struggling humanity. Why? Because he loves us. Because living in this mess with us was better than living in heaven without us.  That thought gives a small glimpse into the power of his love.

It also gives us a glimpse of what our life is supposed to look like. When we love the way Jesus does, we will pour ourselves into the lives of the people God puts in our path. We will come alongside the messy and point to Jesus. Why do we get to do this? Because we showed up. Just like Jesus did.