Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Founding Principles: Jesus is our hope

1 Corinthians 3:11 "For one one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ."

Jesus is our hope and example of fruitfulness, unselfishness and humility

In the previous two blogs, we have looked at how we as humans are bent towards disobedience to God’s good advice on how to live and our destructive actions are reflected in the state of our continent.

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

The problems in Africa are associated with the spiritual realm. So much destruction and fear is rooted in ancestral worship and witchcraft. Therefore, true transformation and the eradication of hunger, poverty and suffering will never be overcome by the wealth and the wisdom of the world, but only by Jesus.

Where Satan came to bring our destruction, Jesus came to rescue us from this and bring us life! Jesus has made a way for us to be saved, where all we need to do is simply believe that He has made this way for us. We should also believe that God is truly good. Everything that he plans and purposes for us is ultimately for our good. When we believe that God is good, it becomes much easier to trust him and obey what he says because we know that it will lead to life and goodness. This does not mean that we will not have difficulty, but it will always lead to a higher good.

Once we come to faith in Jesus and experience His grace, it becomes much easier to be obedient and faithful. Faithfulness is knowing what God says and wills for us and willingly obeying it.

John 15:5: "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

If we are faithful (remain in the vine and not decide to detach ourselves and rebel) we will bear fruit. Instead of our lives being marked by death and destruction, we will be fruitful and propagate life.

Jesus freely redeems us as a result of His death on the cross and then a life begins where we learn to turn from our selfishness and pride and like Jesus take up our crosses in humility and unselfishness. Humility and unselfishness are crucial elements of Foundations for Farming. The restoration of a whole continent cannot happen if we continue in a counter vein of pride and selfishness.

Jesus came to be our example of humility and unselfishness and as we live like him, we find light and life. What would your family, community or city look like if the daily actions of the people in it were driven by humility and unselfishness?

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