Sustainability

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. – Romans 12:4-5 (NIV)

I attended a HUD grant writing seminar a few months ago and was really thrilled to hear about the focal theme that resonated throughout the day. Since I am all about conserving, as I heard the word “sustainability” mentioned over and over again it really rekindled a passion within my heart. The aspect that really fanned the flame in my heart was their method to accomplishing this goal. I am proud to say that our government is promoting unity as a means to accomplish “sustainability”. They are encouraging likeminded businesses and organizations to link arms. Even though their reasoning may be due to a shortage of financial resources, as Christians we should be excited.

God set up a model of what He wants us to emulate called the body of Christ. He calls us to function interdependently. Application of this concept is possible whether we are in ministry or the corporate world. The underlying cause for any business or ministry being in existence is to function as a solution to a problem at hand. Ministries are in operation because people need to hear the message of Jesus. Restaurants are in operation as a solution to a hunger problem, and so on. As Christians our goal should not be to be the best so that we can put others out of business. No matter where we work, we are called to work as though we are working for Jesus, himself. If our cause is truly for the greater good of society, then as individuals we need to explore all possibilities in efforts of forming alliances and partnerships. If we really want to see a change, we must be prayerful and mindful as an individual as to what role I can personally play. Our ministries and businesses are only a vehicle that God uses to get us out there to share the message of the hope found in Christ alone. Earning wages to meet our needs should only be seen as “lagniappe”, a bonus.

Some may say that our world is just too far gone, but I beg to differ. In the midst of all the turmoil and dysfunction, as Christians, we have a perfect opportunity to let our light shine to impact our world. There is no need to reinvent the wheel and operate as an island all by ourselves. As we emulate the model that Christ gave us as to how the body of Christ should function, we will seek ways to link arms with neighboring businesses or organizations. Will you join me in promoting “sustainability”, God’s way?

Prayer

Lord, I thank You for the opportunity to take advantage of the invitation by our government to promote “sustainability”. Help me to be a beacon to show the world what You’ve required all along through the model of how the body of Christ should function. I pray that as a body our actions would create a platform to put You in the spotlight.

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