Unless you live under a rock, I’m pretty sure you know that our nation is headed down a downhill spiral. I mean, there’s practically nowhere you can turn without hearing about the latest shooting, riot, hate plot, etc. People all over the world are scared, confused, and angry. I don’t know about you, but the current state of our society really makes me want to climb under my covers and completely cut ties with all of the outside world. You feel me?
I know that it’s really easy to look at the world and believe that we are too lost for redemption. Or to judge and condemn people who are doing evil things. Or get terrified thinking about what our future holds as humanity. Our nation is so starkly divided that it’s simply natural to want to take a side and hurl insults at those who stand against you.
But please, just take a moment to step back and see things as part of a bigger picture. Yes, we are living in a rather dark time right now. But in the realm of eternity, this time is only a split second. We are on the Earth for a simple moment in time, but this moment can determine how we will spend the rest of our life. So I know it’s very easy to want to shut yourself out of interaction with this crazy, messed up world, or hop on the bandwagon of hate and division. But the truth is, the world needs you.
As Christians, we have what nobody else has, but everyone is searching for: love and joy.
At the end of the day, that’s all that everyone wants. We all want to be the good guy; to be happy and loved. And those who have Christ have that. That’s not something we can hide in ourselves. We need to be so completely filled with love and joy that it overflows out of us onto everyone in our lives. That isn’t necessarily the picture that most people have of “Christians” in their head. People will stand against you simply because you identify as a “Christian,” because the general media paints us as judgmental, wrath-filled people. Sadly, that’s the way a lot of people are. The problem with that is that we are ambassadors of Christ, and Christ did not come into this world to judge us. He says in John 12:47,
“…I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.”
It’s very comforting to me to remember that Jesus has the capacity to save the world, because let’s be honest, we really need it. We really need Him. And as His followers, we really need to share Him to our lost, broken world. If we live to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, we realize that we are called to love God, love others, and be a light to this world. That’s exactly what God tells us in His word;
- “Jesus said to them, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”- Matthew 22:37-39
- “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine so before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” -Matthew 5:14-16
- “Therefore, be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us…”- Ephesians 5:1-2
You have a special purpose in this world. You have the capacity to bring God’s light and love into the dark depths of humanity. You were created “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). You might change one person, you might change the world. But remember that no matter what you do, do it for the honor and glory of our Lord.
How can you be a light in the lives of those around you? How can you bring love and joy into the world? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment below!