By Bobby Schuller, Hour of Power Pastor
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
After the resurrection of Jesus, after the resurrection of his body, Christianity’s loving kindness completely unraveled Paganism. Paganism didn’t unravel just because people were converting others to Christianity. It unraveled, also, because Christians were caring for the bodies of others. In the first, second, and third centuries when Christianity was emerging, the Pagan worldview was all about taking care of number one. Pagans were taught that there were wrathful, angry gods to appease and to look out only for oneself.
In the Pagan world, if you had an unwanted child, you could leave it in the wilderness. If you were a divorced woman, treated like property, you could be tossed out of your home with no support. Many Pagan women and their unborn children died by forced abortions and the infection that often followed.
Sociologist and historian Rodney Stark says the rise of Christianity was a movement of people, both Jewish and Christian, who said that all of these sick, disabled, unwanted people who were cast out by the Pagans were valued by God. The Christians said, “We’re going to bring these bodies to Jesus, and he will see the fullness of his purpose, his life, and his love worked out in these broken bodies.” Christians showed that God cared about everybody.
Prayer: Dear Lord, just as I am broken and in need of the healing power of Jesus, may I be of service to others in need. Help me to find the words and the actions that heal and make others whole in you. Amen.
Reflection: How are you bringing broken souls to Jesus for healing?