How do we fix the world?
How do we change lives?
How do we make a Godly impact?
There is something that we all must do, regardless of where we’re called to go, what we’re called to do specifically…whether we are called to be a preacher or a pastor’s wife, a missionary or a writer, a Sunday school teacher or a diligent student…God demands that we run to Him. That we die to self and get to Him.
This world is in a sorry state. There is almost always a new riot or shooting to hear about. Every time you turn on the news or read an article, you hear about starving children, people dying, orphans without mothers or fathers. We see the world constantly go against God’s word by allowing sin to become the new law of the land, God’s law no longer matters to most. We see homosexuality become a new normal (Jude 1:7) and we see our countries turning on each other (Matthew 24:7) We see famine, people starving in countries where there is hardly any food or safe water to drink (Luke 21:11) and so on. The Bible warns us all of these things, saying that these things are a sign of the end times, making one thing clear; if Christians do not humble themselves and pray as 2nd Chronicles tell us to do, we will not see revival, and the end will come sooner than we may wish.
Most Christians have gotten content with Jesus coming sooner rather than later, using two excuses to back them up on this;
1.) They claim that they are not able to change anything.
2.) They have become indifferent.
Both things are sinful, and in my opinion, our indifference and “inability” that we claim to have is a sign that we do not have a heart like our Savior’s. Remember this, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2nd Peter 3:9. God desires for us all to be saved. Every sinful person in this world-murderers, liars, adulterers, homosexuals, drug addicts, alcoholics-is loved by God and God sees the best in them. He sees the potential that we do not, and He calls His people to be fishers of men, to preach the Gospel, so that they can learn about a loving Savior and receive salvation through faith and repentance. These people are no different than the person that we were, when we were lost, before God’s intervention in our lives.
When we claim that we are not capable of changing things, we are not only doubting ourselves and the people that God has saved us to be, but we are doubting God Himself. Did God not saved the sinful Ninevites? Did God not send several revivals that we read about in the Bible? Did He not save us? We read about Paul’s, previously Saul, conversion and see the difference that God made in his life, and then the impact that Paul made after salvation. We read about the thief on the cross next to Jesus, who was saved and became an amazing example of the Lord’s unending mercy and grace towards us. We read Bible verse after Bible verse on His love and mercy for sinners, regardless of their history, and we claim to be impacted greatly by preachers, authors, missionaries, and other men and women of God yet we still think that we are not capable of doing great things. We are doubting God while He gives us evidence to prove that we are capable of making a difference, and that evidence is right in our faces every time we pick up the Bible, every time we go to church, every time we sing hymns or songs of worship. We are all where we are because someone made a Godly impact in our lives. We can do the same for someone else. We can make a difference.
We become indifferent because of our fake inability, and/or because we have a desire to fit in and not be labeled as a bigot Christian or Bible thumper. It’s easy to look around and think that things are simply too far gone for things to change, and get used to the dirty, sinful life around us. We become indifferent because we’ve been exposed to the world for too long. We become indifferent when we stop studying the Bible and praying as often. We become indifferent when we forget how passionate God is about holy living. We become indifferent when we forget what God has saved us from. Brothers and sisters in Christ, just looking at our history and where we would be without God’s divine intervention should be enough to stir us up and kill that sinful indifference. Looking at society and seeing the lost souls should be enough to wake us up and wish that others be saved sooner rather than later. How it pains me to hear Christians pray and beg for Jesus to come quickly while they sit on their couches and do nothing for the furtherance of the Gospel! We are sitting, watching people die without Christ and we have the audacity to beg Him to come while we do nothing. Are the lost souls nothing to do? Are we simply too lazy to do anything for them? I understand it when I hear people who are earnestly slaving away for the Gospel say “come soon, Lord Jesus.” I understand why the disciples of Jesus would have asked Him to come again quickly…but oh Christians, most of us do not know the smallest bit about true persecution or suffering. We are living in freedom, with the ability to go to church, to attend bible study, to love the Lord without much persecution other than a few people leaving mean comments on social media, and we have the audacity to beg Him to come, as if we suffer so greatly. Most of us know nothing of true suffering.
Do you know who will suffer the most? More than us, even. More than those Christians who have given their entire lives to the Gospel, who are living for God and denying their flesh daily, those powerful, strong Christians who are truly suffering and walking through fires and valleys? The lost souls who will die without Christ and experience an eternity of Hell. They will know suffering. We have the promise of a Heavenly eternity. No more tears. No more death. No more suffering. No more illness. They do not. They have the worst future ahead of them…what are we doing?
So…how do we make a difference? How do we break out of this horrible, careless mode that we’ve grown so accustomed to? It’s simple.
“Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts.” Malachi chapter 3, verse 7.
A change demands action, and we are promised that when we take the first step towards God, He will meet us there, every next step of the way.