Kingdom subjects (2) – JOIN ME?
About 5 years ago Danny Wallace put an advert in a local newspaper which simply said ‘Join Me’. He asked anyone who wanted to join him to send a passport photo and that was it! Danny didn’t expect to anyone to reply, especially since the advert said nothing about what or why they were joining or even what ‘joining’ really meant. Amazingly, in few weeks 4000 people sent him photos and became ‘joinees.’ After a while the joinees were emailing their new ‘leader’ to ask what they had joined; what did their group do? Danny didn’t know, he’d just done it for a bit of a laugh. Then he had an idea, tell them to live generously. Every Friday everyone had to perform a random act of kindness towards a stranger. Shopping was being carried, coffees being paid for, flowers were taken to old people’s homes, and cakes were left on doorsteps. Of course it’s not just Danny’s friends; across the world a lot of people are kind and make a difference everyday.
Jesus told HIS joinees to live generously but He also went further than that. He said live the way that God lives towards you.’ Lets think about that! That’s means not just being kind to strangers, the needy or deserving, but being kind to the undeserving, the cruel, the selfish. It means generosity that’s driven by grace. It means loving our enemies! After all this is how God lives towards you. ‘While we were God’s enemies, He made us His friends’ (Romans 5:10 NCV) Jesus has shown how to love, how to serve, how to live, how to be kind; now He says ‘Join me’. It’s up to you.
“Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”