In school, I remember learning that centuries ago people believed the world was flat and that the sun rotated around the earth. Now that we know the earth is round and our solar system is heliocentric (sun-centered), it would be easy to scoff at the early scientists. How could they believe something so ridiculous?
Although our conceptions have been cleared up in that regard, I believe the church sometimes hermits back into the Dark Ages. We treat the Gospel as being egocentric rather than theocentric. “Ego” deals with self, whereas “theo” focuses on God.
We put ourselves at the center of the universe and expect everything to revolve around us. Our expectations, our desires, our hopes.
We’ve shifted our attention to our breakthrough, our blessing and off of a world that is broken and bleeding.
2 Corinthians 5:20a reads, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us;”
As the body of Christ, we are His physical representation on this earth. We might be the only Jesus follower someone encounters in their life. The Lord has called us to the ends of the earth to share His love and the redemption of the Gospel message. When we walk through this world in silence, we actively choose self over sacrifice.
James 1:23-24 compares that kind of attitude with a man who looks at his face in the mirror, walks away, and then forgets what he looks like.
We don’t have to strain to see the fragmented state of the world around us. It’s plain, clear, incontestable. But if we continue to choose to watch suffering and sickness prevail while we contain the Greatest Hope of all in our hearts, we are only hearers and not doers. We choose our comfort over other people’s salvation.
Who has deceived us into believing the lie that this life is about our success, our finances, our aspirations? We’ve allowed the American Dream to permeate our day to day lives. Now the white-picket fence we coveted is a prison that contains us, that condemns us to a place of egotistical captivity.
Why risk what we’ve worked so hard to acquire? Let the preachers and the missionaries go. I’m just me, what could I offer the world?
You can offer them nothing on your own, brothers and sisters. But we need to change our perspective from what we think we can do to what we know God can do. He who has sent us will equip us.
And guess what? You don’t have to hop on a plane to Asia or Africa to minister to people, to make an impact on the world. God can use you right where you are if you dismantle your pride and lay everything at His feet. This life is but a vapor.
Stop storing up your treasures on this earth and begin to live with a kingdom mindset. The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few (Matthew 9:37). We are Christ’s ambassadors, but do people see a representation of Him or the world when they look at us? Do we live one way on Sunday and the complete opposite during the week?
The world is watching. What are they seeing?