In the first century, one man set out to change the world. This higher calling wasn’t rushed. Nor did this man leave anything up to chance. Rather, Jesus waited for the appointed time prior to selecting twelve disciples to lay a foundation for change. Dotting his i’s and crossing his t’s, Jesus kept in step with the Holy Spirit to carry out the necessary Old Testament prophecies yet to be fulfilled. Fasting, praying, being baptized, spreading goods news about the kingdom of God, training future leaders and surrendering to authorities set the stage for the climax. As the crucifixion of a perfect lamb was about to be laid to rest in a tomb, a resurrection cancelled the written code the moment death was conquered, Colossians 2:13-15. This one supernatural act has changed the world forever.
“For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him, John 3:16-17.
The film Equalizer debuted In 2014, introducing a character who wanted to change the world one person at a time. Denzel Washington plays Robert McCall, a retired CIA black ops operative using a local hardware store as his mission field. When McCall sees injustices that occur within his spheres of influence, he acts immediately to accomplish the greater good. After hours, during breaks or on the job interactions are used by Robert to develop relationships, challenging co-workers, customers and strangers to be the best you can be. During one moving scene, Robert talks to a girl who is trapped by her pimp, unable to break free to fulfill her dream to become a singer. Not wasting this opportunity, Robert exclaims, “change your world!”
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.
Sometimes when you feel the urge to make a difference in this life, its hard to know where to start. Depending upon the atmosphere, circumstances or environment, many good intentioned individuals can become overwhelmed before ever getting started. Thus, changing your world for the better requires a joint effort. From a spiritual perspective, ground work must by laid through fasting and prayer. Like the building of an ministry team, when the timing is right God will raise up leaders to fill the gaps that exist. Yet, while you are waiting for the world to change, don’t lose heart. Rather, let faith guide you until agents for change arrive. May the words of this attached scene from Equalizer inspire you to change your world beginning today.
by Jay Mankus