Spiritual or Social?

This shouldn’t be a question. These two things aren’t separate. Jesus taught that spirituality (doing the will of God) is caring for our neighbour. But he went further than this. He taught that it is caring for our enemy, even for those who harm us.

Jesus was speaking about God’s kingdom coming on earth as it is in heaven. This is our communities, societies and nations being renewed. His kingdom comes in an unseen way at first. It is a renewed heart through the gospel. But the kingdom doesn’t remain unseen. The new heart begins to make a difference in our lives and in the way we treat others.

God doesn’t divide things up like we do. We can’t say we have a renewed heart if our actions towards our neighbour and enemy aren’t renewed. We “can’t say we love God whom we don’t see, if we don’t love those we do see.” To God, spirituality is what we do. Our whole lives are one. We don’t have a spiritual life and a social life. We have one life.

Jesus is speaking about our land being renewed. It starts with us. How are we going to treat others? Are we going to respect others, even when we don’t agree with them? Are we going to reach and care for those who don’t like us? This is what Jesus did and he did it so we would follow him.

The Jesus we worship in church for our own benefit won’t heal our land. But the Jesus we follow by loving others will touch our nation. Let people see the real Jesus. Let him transform us into real believers and followers.