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July 20, 2016, 9:13 AM

I Can't Save The World

Many young people have "pie in the sky" ideals about how life is going to go. They are going to be a lawyer and change the systerm and help people. They are going to become a doctor and save lives and change the world not be like the older, cynical doctors. They are going to become teachers and educate the world. They are going to go into politics and get rid of the corruption and the waste.  The list can go on and on. What many people figure out is that their ideal situation doesn't exist. Their lofty goals have a lot of obstacles in the way. They realize that the court system is way more complicated than they ever imagined. They realized that the hours it takes and the insurance regulations makes doctoring tough. They begin to realize that as a teacher it's not quite as simple and going in and teaching how you want to. They go to the state capitol and realize that if you don't stratch someone else's back yours won't be get stratched. So many people become cynical, angry, disillusioned, and even worse just go right in with the old, corrupt system and participate. 

How do we avoid this? Christians are told in Romans 12:21, "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." As we read this we are also aware that our world is SO evil. Terrorism, police killings, rape, murder, child abuse...the list goes on and on and on. How can we save the world when he don't even feel safe in our own neighborhoods? How can we save the world when the problem is too big? 

Let me give you some hope that may not sound like hope...you can't save the world. 

When Jesus gave the Great Commission he said to, "go into all the world." Some people that are called to be foreign missionaries will stress this idea that we must go into all the world...meaning we must go overseas and win the globe. There are people called to do this, and I totally support this. But most of us are not called to ever leave where we live. Many Bible scholars believe that the word, go, can also be translated, "as you go." The world was very small in Jesus' day. The disciples went from town to town spreading the Gospel. We can't save the world, but we can make a difference in one small place. 

We can help change the culture of a neighborhood. We can help change the culture of a school. We can help change the culture of a workplace, a home, a church. 

I don't want to douse the enthusiasm of anyone who thinks they will do great things in their life. We need people with big dreams and big hopes and goals. The only thing I want to do is encourage them that they might not change the world, but they can make a BIG difference. I want to encourage them that it won't be easy, but anything worth doing isn't easy. I want to encourage them to not give up, because God rewards faithfulness. I want to encourage them that although there are many against them there are a few strong ones who will stand with them. 

I can't save the world, but I can save a few around me. Have you ever heard of Mordecai Ham? He was the preacher who led Billy Graham to Christ. Billy Graham has influenced thousands of people and propbably millions in America and around the world. Most of us aren't going to be Billy Grahams, but maybe we can be Mordecai Hams. We may not go out and be the face of a whole movement, but we can influence a person who might. 

Stay faithful, do it consistently, and God will reward your obedience. 


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