I want to change the world.
For me, my world is not the people on the streets, or the children living in poverty on another continent, oceans away from me.
That world is much too big for little o’ me.
No, my world starts with those people who are the closest to me.
My family, my friends, my coworkers, my former schoolmates, my neighbors, my acquaintances…
People I interact with and do life with everyday.
I want to be surrounded by so much love; by so many people who live life for others.
I want my children to be brought up in a community that is for each other, and not against.
I dream of a day, where we all move as one body, doing the works of Jesus. Bringing heaven to earth, to reach out to the people on the street, and the children living in poverty on another continent, oceans away from me.
I don’t care what church they go to. Or don’t go to.
I don’t care, what city, state or country they live in.
I don’t care who they voted for. Or if they did.
I want to see my community move, not because the church tells them, but because Jesus moves them.
I want to see a community where the Spirit dwells within them, richly.
I want to change the world by encouraging, supporting and showing.
It’s so simple, but it’s not so easy.
Many people are full of good intentions or excuses, but good intentions and excuses do not fulfill transformation!
The Spirit of the Lord is not silent, still, or too busy.
I dream of a day where my community not only reaches up, but also reaches out. A community that not only listens, but obeys. A community that stops acting like sheep and starts shepherding.
Every. Day. All day.
Serving the Lord is a full time job. It requires overtime. Sacrifice. It’s sometimes grueling, but most the time rewarding.
It’s a lifestyle.
It’s a lifetime.
And one day the opportunity will be gone.
Make this day, and everyday, count. They are numbered and are running out.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. – John 10:10
Is the thief stealing, killing and destroying your time? Or are you living your life to the fullest? Are you living out all the opportunities Jesus has made for you?
So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. – James 2:17
My life is not my own. I was not put here for my own gratification. I am not here to see how successful I can become, how many riches I can aquire, or how much freedom I can possess.
May the Lord use me as he sees fit. May he take all that I have for his glory. May I be emptied so that He may fill me. May there be less of me and more of him.
I live only so that one day I may hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
So are you with me? Can you help me?
If someone reaches out to you, will you pick up the phone? Will you help them move? Or watch their kids? Will you ask those who are hurting, how you can help? Will you LOOK for who has a need, and fill it? Will you welcome those who are pushed aside, or shunned from society? Will you give second chances and offer forgiveness? Will you cry with your neighbor? Will you do more than just pray for them?
Will you stop being offended and serve them instead? Will you stop sitting in a pew and start representing our King? Will you stop saying, I’m too busy?
Because, we can all can ask, and we can all listen, and this IS following Jesus.
We are on assignment!
Will you be the church with me Every. Day. All. Day?
I want to change the world. And my world starts with you!