Get Dirty for the Planet

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“For see, I am creating new heavens and a new earth—so wonderful that no one will even think about the old ones anymore. Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation. Look! I will re-create Jerusalem as a place of happiness, and her people shall be a joy!”  Isaiah 65:17-18 (The Living Bible)

Causes are great. And causes are not so great. That’s just the reality of it all. I mean, there are some that are just huge and some are quite small – and both can really matter.

The most amazing cause ever has to be the one referenced above that Jesus has been working on since before humanity even blew it with sin back in the story of the Garden of Eden.

I think if Jesus were to make His own social media #getdirty video, it would probably sound look something like this:

“Hi I’m Jesus. I love the world: the people and the planet. I’m stepping out of Heaven to become a man so I can live among the people, be one of them, then pay their debts by taking their blame as a human.”

Then we’d pan away to see that most pivotal day in history – Jesus being crucified for my sins, your sins. Dead, no more breath in Him, eerily quiet, and a tomb.

Then in a moment, light from the dawn of a fresh new day, a stone rolled away from a tomb, Jesus (nail-scarred hands and all) smiling, wiping away the blood that ran down His face – and He says into the camera that is specifically aimed at each of us individually: “How do you love the world? Get Dirty!”

Jesus got dirty in order to save us so that we can, amongst other things, can get dirty to love the unloved, feed the poor, plant trees, support fair trade, eat healthy, foster kids with no families, dig new wells, protect the environment, adopt kids with health issues, and on and on and on.

When you really stop and think it through, opportunities to tangibly love the world are endless, so what is stopping you? HONESTLY – what is stopping you? Get Dirty and pass it long.

God – thank You for loving us – Your people, and for choosing to recreate everything that we messed up. Your gracious love is unending and brings great, great joy. May we live in a way that loves this world because You do. Amen.

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