You Can’t Change the World

39009419_sSometimes it seems that for all of our good intentions, we can get off track in our thinking. Consequently we think we are supposed to be doing something that we really are not.

Take, for instance, the idea of changing the world. That sounds like a really swell idea. How noble. How ambitious. But is it even right? Does God intend for us to change this world? Don’t get me wrong, yes—absolutely yes—we are supposed to have a very positive effect on this world as salt and light. But change it?

Jesus came into this dark world as light (Jn. 3:19). The world is still in darkness (Php. 2:15). The whole world still remains under “the power of the evil one” (1 Jn. 5:19).

Does this mean Jesus failed? Not at all. He didn’t come to change the world, He came to seek and save the lost in it (Luke 19:10). He came to provide a way of escape from it. “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father” (Gal. 1:3-4).

Our purpose as God’s people is not to change this world but to be salt and light in it; that others can see the glory of God through us and know that there is hope beyond this world and this life.

Yes, lives are changed in the process, but the world continues on its path to the end to which its “god” leads it (2 Cor. 4:4).

Be salt and light? Be an influence for good and righteousness? Help lead as many others as we possibly can to all spiritual blessings in Christ?

Yes, yes, and yes!

But, change the world? No.


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