CHANGING MY WORLD
The question is: What happened to us? We want to see change from bad to good. We want to see progress from good to better. But with the things happening today, is the world really becoming better? What happened to us?
We lowered our morality. We set double standards and remained content on the gray areas where there should have been none. We compound our sins. We keep on sinning and abuse the grace God has freely given to us. There is no real repentance and no genuine change of heart. We lie all the time. We live our lives as if we don’t need God. Sadly, we don’t live a life where the presence of God is so evident.
We have to remember that we have a legacy. It is up to us what legacy we are going to carry. We can go all good or we can go so bad with the legacy that we put our name on. During the early church, the disciples were first called Christians not by fellow Christ-believers but by those who witnessed God’s works in their lives. The disciples are learners, pupils, apprentices, and followers of Jesus. They obey and implement what Jesus was saying. What about us? Are we disciples? Can those who witness our way of living call us Christians?
What does a follower of Jesus do to change this world, permanently?
John 13:33 tells that Jesus has commanded us to “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”. He makes Himself the standard of the love we ought to give to our neighbors. Jesus loved the tax collectors. He loved the poor and the widows. The twelve disciples were nobodies until Jesus called them by their name and changed their lives—permanently.
We love because God first loved us.
He loves us and therefore we are supposed to love one another. 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 tells us what love is not and what love should be. It is not proud. Love does not envy and is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love should be patient and kind. It should always protect, always trust, always hope, and always persevere. Love never fails!
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. The word ought is a sign of indebtedness. We owe it to God to love our neighbor, and they owe it to Him to love us, too. Jesus is the only standard of what real love looks like. May we love like Him!
The only way we can potentially change this world is by loving in permanence. Despite the love of many growing cold, we as Christians must continue in the work of love that Jesus initiated long ago. That is the very essence of what He called us to do, to be lovers of God and of men. Let’s show the world the love that can save.
Writer’s Bio: Kristine Cocjin is a writer and a teacher by passion and by heart. Her life has always been about a princess’ faith and a King’s faithfulness.