Wednesday was a day of stark contrast. On a day that started with celebrating love, hate and violence broke in, leaving death and destruction in their wake. Our prayers are with the families in South Florida who were ripped apart by this tragedy. We grieve with them, and so does Christ. Jesus came to bring life, but His heart breaks when the enemy steals, kills, and destroys like he did on Wednesday. I believe days like yesterday make Christ long for the moment when God the Father releases Him to unleash the full glory of His power against the devil and end his reign of terror over the earth. Until that time, however, we hold on to grace, we hold on to love, we hold on to peace, we hold on to hope, we hold on to Jesus.
Trusting Christ like this requires faith and an enduring relationship with Him. Without it we can get lost in the world’s lostness. Jesus has called us to more than a superficial connection with Him because He knows that the devil desires to use days like Wednesday to introduce doubt and fear to rob us of our faith. But we must hold on because Jesus promised that even though we experience troubles in this world, He has overcome the world.
It is Christ’s desire for us to be rooted in our relationship with Him, to abide in Him, to acknowledge that He is our source for everything in this lost, hurting, and dying world. But what does this look like? As I mentioned, Wednesday was a day of contrast because we started the day celebrating love and reflecting on what makes our earthly relationships stronger. It is engagement, it is self-sacrifice, it is true commitment. These are the keys to relational intimacy and longevity. We must realize that the Lord’s part of our relational connection with Him has been firmly established by Christ’s work on earth.
Christ personifies engagement, self-sacrifice, and commitment to each of us. His ministry is literally a living legacy of teaching and engaging with the people. Through it He connects with us, even today, drawing us in through His word. Self-sacrifice goes without saying, but we must say it. Jesus gave all of Himself for us, holding nothing back so that we can have the very kind of life He laid down. This sacrifice demonstrated the level of commitment Jesus had toward us and toward securing our opportunity for eternity with He and the Father in heaven.
But relationships are a two-way street. For us, the choice is simple in concept, yet difficult in execution. We must reciprocate this commitment by passionately pursuing the Lord, dying to ourselves, and completely surrendering to Him.

  • Jeremiah 29:13: You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
  • Galatians 2:20: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
  • Romans 6:13: and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

I am not saying, nor is Christ saying, that we put spiritual blinders on and ignore what’s going on the world. Nor am I saying that our commitment to God will remove the pain felt by any number of tragic circumstances. But, I believe the heart of the Master’s Message is that we can embrace the life He came to bring when we are truly engaged in our relationship with Him. Maturing in our Christian walk, becoming rooted in the unchanging and all-powerful love of God, and deepening our connection with the Lord will not insulate us from being impacted by days like Wednesday. But our relationship with the Lord will bring a peace that goes beyond all understanding no matter the circumstance. And, as Paul says, that peace will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:4-7).
This week we continue our Master’s Message series by diving into Jesus’s command to Ask, Seek, and Knock. We’ll discuss what exactly He meant by that statement, and the implications it has on our daily walk with Him.
As you finish your week, please continue to pray for the families in South Florida. Ask the Lord to draw you close into Him, so you can be comforted by His closeness. Then ask Him how you can be an instrument of that same grace and compassion to those around you. That is what being the King’s Avenue is all about.
In His Service,
John McRae