Build the future

National birthdays are coming up. In Canada, July 1st is Canada Day, and in the U.S.A., July 4th is Independence Day.

There’s going to be fireworks, flag-waving and, for the most part, all-around good cheer.

I live in Canada. And I know there are SO MANY great things about living here, including free health care and being a part of global hockey dominance.

But to be honest, I can get kind of down about it too. I realize we’re a wealthy nation and very well educated. But we still have a long ways to go. It seems that many of our leaders are lost and misleading, and that there are still so many who struggle to find food or work on a daily basis.

But then I remember this:

Jesus-followers are supposed to be community leaders.

You may not be a “leader” in an official capacity, but if you walk in the shadow of the Saviour you’re supposed to be a light in your community and country.

Long ago, speaking to the exiles living in pagan Babylon, God told his people to “seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile.” (Jeremiah 29:7) Even in harsh conditions, they were supposed to suck it up and work for the well-being of their city.

And so for us… for our country.

In a round-about way, it calls to mind John F. Kennedy’s Inauguration speech: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

Friends, it’s our job to build the future. If God is calling you and me to be a part of a country which honours him and advances the well-being of others, we have work to do. We need to seek his counsel and help build the future.

Jesus-followers are supposed to be community leaders.

By Matthew Ruttan

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