Encouragement From The Word

A spiritual problem

It’s hard to avoid the reality, when one watches the news, that there are political problems in the world.  Of course, our neighbour to the south, the United States, is getting a lot of press about these things lately, with hearings going on around the appointment of a new Supreme Court Justice.

But one tweet I read yesterday reminded me that the problems are not political. They’re spiritual.

The root of all problems in our world today are spiritual.  If people followed the way of Jesus, made clear for us in Scripture, those problems would cease to exist.

We all know that’s difficult; after all, the apostle Paul told the church in Rome that “everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3.23, NLT).  But we can’t let the reality of human sinfulness become a crutch that makes us shrug our shoulders and leaves us saying that this is just how we are.  God invites us to be better than that, to be sanctified.

To be sanctified literally means to become holy.  It’s not the same as being sanctimonious, which is being holier than thou.  It’s not about being better than others, or giving the impression of being better than others.  Sanctification is a process, one that we submit ourselves to when we say ‘yes’ to Jesus’ work in drawing us closer to God through the blood of his cross.

It’s a process that is lifelong, and God invites us to journey with him toward the likeness of his Son.  Only when we commit ourselves to this journey, this process, will we be formed spiritually, and find that the spiritual problems (which get many other names) will wane.

While you’re at it, will you pray with me, that the Lord will draw people committed to being more like Jesus into political office?  “The System”, such as it is, has discouraged many Christ-followers from serving in municipal, provincial and federal politics.  But that realm needs God’s people as much as any other…maybe more.