Going Beyond Color

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For those with the gift of sight, color is the richness of life. God has splashed His creation canvas with color distinction. We see it in the rising and setting of the sun, in fields of grain and flowers, in painted walls and dyed fabrics, and in deep water and heavenly blue skies. In each of these mediums color tantalizes our senses and causes us to reflect on the beauty of the earth.

Color also serves to define the races. In the people of the earth we see rich skin tones as only God could paint. Sadly and all too often, however, skin colors expose the true color of our hearts and define our attitudes. Over thirty years ago I attended a skin color class. The class was held at my local Red Cross. I went to donate blood, but I left with a newly defined heart for all people groups. The nurse positioned me on the table with my head at the feet of another blood donor. As my own blood, steadily dripped into the collection bag, I glanced at the bag of the person who was at angle to me. Though I had only seen his shoes, I knew that he had come to the Red Cross that day with the same intention as my own—to give blood for the life of another. For some reason, I took note of the color of his blood. It was deep red just like my own. When my blood bag was filled the nurse helped me sit up on the side of the table. At that moment, my color lesson was complete. The man with the deep red blood had deep brown skin. Suddenly, I realized that Jesus viewed both of us the same. Life is in the blood. We are defined in Jesus’ eyes by the color of our blood, not by the color of our skin. And what is more, Jesus shed His life blood for all skin colors. On His trip to the Wooden Cross he gave His blood gift of eternal life to all peoples of the world without respect or consideration of flesh tone. Lesson learned and cemented in my heart!

One of the most God-honoring lessons that we can teach our children is that Jesus showed no discrimination when he died for the sins of the world (John 3:16). This crucial family lesson is learned best through our own example. Words alone will not suffice. Take your next generation beyond the color of skin to the beautiful deep red blood that is pumped through the heart of every one of God’s created human beings.

The question is not, “What color is your skin?” The question is, “What color do you bleed?” The only race that should concern us is the race toward unity with all of those for whom Christ died. Now is the time for all of us to go beyond color! Now is the time to pray for the gift of sight! AMEN!…may it be so to God’s glory and delight.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

OPP (opportunity for action): In my church this week we sang the familiar children’s song of faith: Jesus Loves the Little Children. Do you recall the words? Jesus loves the little children of the the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world. Regardless of your color, make this song your song. Sing it for yourself and to your children. I encourage you to find an opportunity this week to communicate with or help someone whose color is different from your own. Make sure your children are in full sight of your words and actions.  Chip away at the barriers and build layers of the Color Red…the deep beautiful color of the blood that was shed universally for the forgiveness of sins.

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An Invitation

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DeeDee (Left) and cousin Elaine at church picnic. Summer-1953.

My Aunt Dot and Uncle Clair were pillars of faith in my life. I know that they prayed for me to know Jesus from the day I was born. Every Christmas gift I opened that was sent from them was an inspiration to faith. I vividly recall reading the Egermeier’s Bible Story Book that I received when I was eight years old. As a young teenager, I treasured the familiar picture of Jesus standing at the door and knocking that graced the wall over my bed. My early summer memories are laced with church picnics and Vacation Bible School with my cousins. At this time in my life, I realize that my aunt, uncle and cousins were God-sent invitations to a faith relationship with Himself.

Psalm 145:3-4 and following calls each of us to be a faith mentor to those God has placed in our life. Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts… . I encourage you to be as a faith invitation, waiting to be opened by the next generation. In long-standing love and incremental faith reminders, purpose to cultivate faith in our children.

My passion is to secure the conscience of the next generation for faith in God. I invite you into that passion. Join in! It will take more than a village. It will take a kingdom enabled and empowered by God’s grace. You may not see yourself as a pillar of faith, but God sees you as a pathway to faith. There is a child in your family, your neighborhood, your church or your community that has a heart for God. Do not forsake inviting them into a faith relationship with their Heavenly Father. You are an faith invitation engraved and sealed by the Almighty. Now is the time for your delivery!

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.  Revelation 3:20

OPP (opportunity for action)  Ask God to open your eyes to a child to inspire toward faith.  In some seemingly small way open the door of faith for our next generation.  If you will not, who will?

If you are so led, please pray that Faith Feedings…12 principles to nourish your child’s spiritual development  (deedee cass) would be an inspiring and effective invitation to faith for many. Please know that I am praying for a mighty faith harvest in your circle of influence as well.

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