What about you? The hard truth.

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“I believe that God has uniquely created every one of His people to impact the world. Some may count it as idealistic, but I believe it is thoroughly biblical, rooted in Psalm 67:1-2, yet covering Scripture from beginning to end. God is in the business of blessing His people so that His ways and His salvation might be made known among all people.” – David Platt

 

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We were created to impact all nations for the glory of Christ. The testimony of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation is that we were created to enjoy God’s grace in relationship to Him, so that we may extend His glory to the ends of the earth.

What does that look like to you?

What shape does that take in your life?

IS there an obvious avenue of worship that those of us from the outside can easily recognize?

These are all questions that I must constantly ask myself. If not to proclaim His great name, then what should my life amount to be? What are the contents of a life of purpose?

Lately I’ve been noticing how drastically different my generation is from my parents’. The Baby Boomers are content with the security of consistency. They will joyfully go to their work cube, day-in-and-out, as long as they have the promise of good salary, benefits and retirement. But that is not so much the case with us Millennials… we are NOT content until we feel we are contributing to life of significance.  A lofty paycheck always falls second to our happiness. If we feel that our days consecutively add up to nothing, our mental stability will likely falter. This is why it is easier for my generation to get behind these start-up movements and raise a united voice. But here’s the challenge guys, are you just posting the cause on your Facebook page or are you actually living it out? And what about you, Baby Boomers? What are you doing to step outside of your box of comfort and routine? What are you ACTUALLY DOING to make a difference??

It is so easy for us all to recognize problems and make them the business of others. Ugh. I hate that! Last night my family watched the movie, Machine Gun Preacher (click the link to watch trailer). I could SO identify with Gerard Butler’s character… how can you resolve back into your life of comfort once your eyes have been opened to the world outside? Eventually, you are forced to make a choice: Do you slug it off as the responsibility of those coming behind you OR do you change? As in, does your trajectory of life take an irreversible turn for good?

Unfortunately Americans are all too used to turning on the evening news, hearing the same sad song, and mumbling under their breath “what a pity,” as they enjoy their lovely grilled chicken breast and potato. We are so detached— but not out of ignorance, people… rather, by choice. There is a scene in the above movie (don’t worry– I won’t spoil it) where Gerard is asking a friend of his to donate money for the literal LIVES of these orphans a world away. The friend stumbles back at the lofty requested amount, and tells Gerard that he’ll “come up with what he can” and give it to Gerard at their annual Labor Day party. Annnd this party was awesome… definitely a place that I WOULD LOVE TO BE… but the scene quickly shifts to the friend pulling Gerard to the side, in order to hand off a “donation for those black kids.” The viewer comes to find out that the check was a mere $100!! Some of you may say, “Well that seems like a lot to me!” But when this friend spent more money on his salsa for his party, it makes you reel back with conviction…. and you have to ask yourself… is that me??? 

How are fashion designers STILL in business when there is so much hurt and brokenness in this world?

And what are we going to do about it?

“If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’

does not HE who weighs the heart perceive it?

Does not HE who guards your life know it?

Will HE not repay everyone according to what they have done?”  Proverbs 24:12

The fact of the matter is, you will have to acknowledge this wrecked world at one point or another. It’s scriptural, so that’s a promise. We have been given so much. Our TV’s have let in images that can no longer be ignored. When will you respond? Or better yet, do you even plan to?

“But I have so little,” you may say. Let me promise you, as a poor, fresh-out-of-seminary couple we are in the same boat… and honestly, probably an even worse-shaped one. But I have seen God provide OVER and OVER again to make His glory known. Anonymous donations, mistakes in billing that, when caught, are pardoned anyway… the Bible says that the Lord enjoys to bless, in order to proclaim His name around the earth.

In 1 Samuel 7, the Israelites have come together and are seeking forgiveness and revival. God makes it clear that the Israelites must put away their foreign gods and serve Him only. Once they do, they are able to overcome their enemies, and they build an altar for remembrance and praise. 

It’s time to put down our gods: our ipods, the remote control, the People magazines… and, dare I say, our image. It’s time to seek the Lord and ask Him how we can be used in this dark world- how we can make a difference for His Kingdom. As my husband’s Grandma always says, “One life to live- it will soon be past…. only what’s done for the Lord will be the thing that lasts.”

Build your altar- your visual reminder of the life of chosen blindness you are leaving behind. Let it serve as your motivation to never turn back. The challenge is to remember that our impacting of the world is not only for the people in it, but more importantly for the Lord of it. 

It’s time to shake the nations.

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