The problems are too big, what difference can I make?
As we survey the current status of the culture we live in, several things are quite easy to see and one major one is that people are hurting all around us. It is easy to turn our heads and just be happy our current situation is comfortable and not worry much about our responsibility to those around us. When is the last time you heard a sermon on helping you become a better servant, or seen a book that is designed to make you a more improved soup kitchen attendant, or a “How to Guide” on helping starving children dying in Africa. Rather, a quick scan of the local book store reveals titles such as, “Your Best Life Now,” “Perfect Weight America: Change Your Diet, Change Your Life, Change Your World,” “Jack Canfield’s Key to Living the Law of Attraction: A Simple Guide to Creating the Life of Your Dreams,” and the list could go on. How have we become so disillusioned that becoming a better person or Christian means imporving ourselves or our status. Following Christ never meant being famous or rich and preachers, and I use that word loosely, that teach such things should be ashamed. Take a few moments and read James 1:27 to get a pure definition of how to improve your life. What does pure and undefiled religion look like? Is it becoming a better person, making more money, driving a nice car? No, it is looking after those around you in need and pursuing Christ. So, where are you right now? Are you focused on bettering yourself, or do you see the hurt around you and desire to help?
As I studied this passage this week, I definitely felt convicted about the level of comfort in my life. Is it all necessary? What can I do without that would allow me to help others? Am I willing to make that sacrifice? Why do I feel so entitled to what God has blessed me with? I have not earned anything on my own and I recognize it as a blessing, yet I find it hard to part with. Maybe you know the feeling. The bottom line is this, God has not called us to move into a commune and share scraps of food with each other so we can rid the world of poverty. The simple fact about social justice is that we are simply called to do what we can. I can’t end the AIDs epidemic in Africa, but I can help. I can’t end homelessness in Nashville, but I can help. I can’t end the practice of abortion, but I can support ministries that offer women other alternatives. What can you do?
Check out Mocha Clubs for an idea of something simple you and you class can do make a big impact. Join us as we try to do the little things God presents us with. We can’t solve everything, but we can help when opprotunities come up! Let me know your thoughts on this lesson and maybe some things you are doing in your community to serve those God places in your path.