Sunday, July 13, 2014

Are you part of the solution, or part of the problem?

Hundreds of rockets are being fired at Israel ...

... ISIS is murdering and plundering its way through Iraq ...

... Russia is threatening Ukraine ...

... Christian churches are being bombed and Christians are being slaughtered in Nigeria and other places around the world ...

... Our government's administration is rocked with multiple scandals ...

... Unborn babies continue to be aborted at whim, to the count of more than 55,000,000 in this country alone ...

... Multiple countries are increasingly giving their approval to same-sex marriage ...

... America is on a quick slide to becoming a post-Christian nation ...

Just scanning the headlines on any given day highlights the fact that we live in a very broken world that is full of evil.

If only there was something you could do about it.

There is!

"But I'm just one person," you counter.

Well, there was a time when this world was so plagued with evil that God insisted on a reboot. And He planned on using just one person to make that happen ...

"The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart. And the Lord said, 'I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing --- all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them'," Genesis 6:5-7.

The world at that time sounds a lot like the world in our time. But notice the next two verses ...

"But Noah found favor with the Lord. This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on the earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God," Genesis 6:8-9.

God would bring about a new start through one righteous person!

He still does that today.

God still uses that single righteous man or woman who walks in close fellowship with Him to change a family, a church, a group of co-workers, a community, even a nation. God can use you, as His ambassador, to bring the change He wants to accomplish to the people you can influence and in the place He has planted you.

God wants to make His appeal to this broken, evil world through YOU!

"And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given US this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. And he gave US this wonderful message of reconciliation. So WE are Christ's ambassadors; GOD IS MAKING HIS APPEAL THROUGH US. We speak for Christ when we plead, 'Come back to God!'" 2 Corinthians 5:18-20.

Instead of heading to social media and plastering it with vicious and even vile statements against those who do evil things, be the ambassador God has commissioned you to be and start being a source of change where you are. The difference you make through Christ in you, and working through you, could change a life, or multiple lives; a family, or multiple families; a church, a community, or more.

But nothing will change from rants and worry.

God wants to transform lost, broken, evil people into the likeness of His Son, Jesus Christ. His plan for doing that is to use you and me as His ambassadors, to make His appeal to this world through US.

So are you part of the solution, or part of the problem?

Scotty

2 comments:

  1. This one is brilliant Scotty..simply brilliant. Far, far too many hide behind social media when they should be in their prayer closets.

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  2. Sadly true, Linda, and thank you!

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