Getting Close

Recently I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Bryan Stevenson speak at the Whitworth Leadership Breakfast.

  Jun 3, 2015   admin


The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.

John 1:14 (The Message)

I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: “Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God. He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone—all the first order of things gone.” The Enthroned continued, “Look! I’m making everything new…

Revelation 21:3-5 (The Message)

…The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father,…

John 14:11-14 (The Message)

Recently I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Bryan Stevenson speak at the Whitworth Leadership Breakfast. Dr. Steven-son is the author of, “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” and the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system.

His talk focused on how to bring about justice in our world. He mentioned that justice begins to happen when we Get Close to the Problem, Change the Narrative, Keep Hopeful, and Do the Uncomfortable Thing.

For the purposes of this article I am only going to focus on the first item; “Get Close to the Problem.”

The scriptures above reminds us that God has taken on human flesh and moved into the neighborhood of earth. When He moved in several things began to happen. We saw the glory of God, all of our tears are wiped dry, there is no more death, no more crying, no more pain, He is making all things new, we will be His people and He will be our God. All this is done because God decided to get close to us and take on our sin. He got “close to the problem.”

I believe that God asks us to do what He has done, “get close to the problem.” He asks us to get close to people and all of our messiness. The end of the Gospel of Matthew we are told to make disciples and teach them all that Jesus taught us (Matthew 28:19-20). As well as that we will be witnesses all over the world (Acts 1:8). In other words, God is com-manding us to get close to people and their issues, “get close to the problem.”

At Cup of Cool Water we are thankful for how people “get close to the problem” in many different ways. Some people get involved by being a direct service volunteer. Some people work behind the scenes. Some people give in-kind gifts. Some people give financially. Some people attend our Volksmarch fundraiser. Some people attend our Skeeter Skoot fundraiser for Cool Water Bikes. Some people sponsor a table at our Ignite Banquet. Some people serve on the Board of Directors. Some people are on our prayer team.

Being obedient to living out the way God is calling/leading you to “get closer to the problem,” whether you’re in-volved at Cup of Cool Water or not, is how we’re all called to live out our faith. When we make that decision to be obedient I know we will see God do greater things than He did when He moved into our neighborhood (John 14:11-14).

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