Our team at YFC was recently challenged to consider our presence in the community.
We were encouraged to uplift the idea of “faithful presence” in the city of Rockford. This idea encourages active participation in the brokenness of our city, developing a faithful presence that listens, learns, and loves while standing in the gap of injustices.
Embodying faithful presence results in a life on mission, in which the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ is actively at work in the cracks and crevices of our city and world.
Far too often, Christians retreat from brokenness and flee blighted areas in pursuit of comfort elsewhere. However, the life of Jesus provides an example for us as believers to follow.
John 1:14 states, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…”
Jesus became human and entered into our broken world, choosing to live among us and absorb our pain. He “moved in” with a broken humanity, and He redeemed us through His death and resurrection.
Jesus is our model of faithful presence. We at YFC are seeking to magnify this. We do not want to withdraw but rather enter in. Jesus demonstrated such faithful presence. May we learn to do the same.