We know well the state of the world we live in. It is full of sorrow and pain. No one is exempt from it. It has become scary. Watching the news can be overwhelming. You’ll hear of everything from burglaries, rape, child molestation, suicide and murder. And another senseless school shooting. This list can go on and on. This world is dark. It seems to be getting worse and worse.
Yet, we are called to be the light. The salt of the earth. We are called to shine in the darkness. Think for a minute what may happen to you when you enter a familiar room without turning on the light. Chances are you will stumble, run into something or fall. Or worse, hit your funny bone. I guarantee you will never do that again if that happens because hitting your funny bone has a way of causing pain to shoot through your entire body. My point is this can be a disastrous situation. Exactly as we see on TV or read in newspapers. Disaster is all around us.
Those who are committing such sins are usually hurting themselves. Hurt people hurt people. Yet we have the answer. We know what has kept us from doing such things. We know prayer works. We know we are strengthened by the word of God. In fact, we can study it so much and spend a lot less time applying it. We are commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31). We are commanded to care for the orphans and the widows (James 1:27). We are commanded to be the light in the earth. If our power in the earth is diminished, His power in the earth is diminished as He works through us. James 1:22 tells us to not merely listen to the word and deceive ourselves, but to do what it says. Take action. Live out the word of God. Be the light.
Faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26 is a great read to illustrate this). With everything going on in our world, the startling reputation I’m beginning to see of Christianity is that we have taken a backseat. We have a reputation of being a people who lack power and tenacity. We have a reputation of being a people who are not getting results through prayer. We have a reputation of being the one to turn aside as if we didn’t notice our neighbor hurting. We have a reputation of being silent when we could have taken a stand.
What happened? Are these things true about us? Evaluate yourself and be honest with yourself. However, this is not the plight of one. It takes all of us! Consistently activating the Word. Illustrating it before others in our sphere of influence. I have heard this said several times when referring to justice for those who have been victimized or who have lost their lives, “Thoughts and prayers are not enough, we have to take action!” I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. But have we lost the value of prayer? How many times have we told someone we will pray for them and later forgot about it? Why not pray with them? How many times have we prayed and stopped because we grew weary?
We have to do better at making being a believer of Jesus great again! We all have a responsibility to share. It starts first with being a doer of the word. Applying it to every area of your life. Whether it be within your family, on your job, at your place of worship, etc. Apply the word! Those who have resorted to thinking prayer is not enough falls on us. We haven’t shown the world prayer works! We haven’t shared the tangible miracles we have seen with our own eyes. We haven’t committed this world and it’s leaders to prayer.
Let’s agree to strive to change this reputation and walk out the power of the Spirit that lives inside of each of us (II Timothy 1:7). We are not powerless. We can love better and do better. Let the change we wish to see in the world begin with us.