3 Ways You Can Help Change The World
On a cold Friday morning, I opened my Bible, sitting cross-legged on my bedroom carpet. As I prayed, I felt a sudden urge to pray for airlines and their pilots, asking God to bless and protect them. Why did I do this? Despite my new found love of flying, I truly believe that the Holy Spirit led me to pray.
Later that afternoon when I checked the news, I saw the terrifying report of the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting. My heart broke. So many lives were lost, hurt, and traumatized. I felt chills run down my spine as I realized why God had led me to pray.
When I looked back at my Bible reading for that day, my jaw dropped as I realized what God was telling me.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness spreads over Egypt—darkness that can be felt.” So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived (Exodus 10:21-23 NIV).
This world is no stranger to darkness. Like Egypt during the Old Testament, our world is stained with sin and disobedience. A lot of times the hatred, violence, and evil in this world can overwhelm us. But before you get too depressed, please know that there is hope!
If we keep reading in verse 23, we can see how God’s people were a source of light in such oppressive darkness. Do you want to be a light in this fallen world? Do you want to radiate peace, love, and hope in times of hatred and contention?
These 3 steps will help you change the world for God’s glory.
Realize Your Identity
You can’t be a light for God if you don’t even know what you’re worth in His eyes.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9 NIV).
This might be one of my favorite verses in the Bible. Trust me, knowing your identity in Christ is essential for living a transformed and influential life. Knowing your worth changes everything.
So who are you?
When you choose Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are chosen, royal, holy, God’s, and called.
What are you called to do? To bring light into this dark world. This all starts by realizing that Jesus has brought you out from darkness and bondage into new life.
For more on identity, check out this post here.
Share Your Story
Now that you’ve come back from the breathtaking revelation of who you are as a child of God, it’s time for you to share your story.
You’ve probably heard other Christians talk about how important it is to share your testimony. All that really means is to share what God has done for you. It’s your spiritual before and after.
If you’re like me, the idea of sharing your story can be nerve-racking. Who would even want to listen? If you want people to truly listen to you and be affected by your testimony, you need to build relationships with them.
Do what Jesus did–eat a meal together or meet for coffee. Hang out together and share life. Once people get to know you authentically, your testimony will begin to flow naturally.
Walk in Love
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. —Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. knew exactly what it meant to be a light for God. He chose to walk in peace in a land full of violence. He chose to love in a world full of hate.
What will we choose? Will we choose to love our neighbors, even when we disagree with them? Will we choose to forgive our enemies, even when it hurts? Will we choose to do the right thing, even when it’s inconvenient?
I’m not perfect. I mess up in this walk of love more times than I care to admit. But life is a journey that God takes His children on to watch them grow.
Jesus’ commandments were simple, yet so profound: love God and love people–including ourselves. Love has been washed down in our culture by the media and consumer driven markets. Do we even know what it means to truly walk in love?
Jesus is love (1 John 4:8), and He died willingly for us even when we were at our lowest. Are we willing to lay down our pride, our hurts, and our wants for others in this dark age? Are we willing to love the broken who are crying out for hope and healing?
If your answer is yes, then you are ready to shine a light for God. You are ready to change the world, one life at a time.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12 NIV).
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Those are great pieces of advice! I’ve always wanted to make a big impact on the world, but sometimes it starts with the things that we, in the flesh, consider small. Your post was a great reminder that even the little things make a difference.
Also, that’s really amazing that God told you to pray for the airlines and pilots before the tragedy even happened! About a year ago, I felt a strong pull to pray for a big name celebrity and a couple months later, found out that a girl from my church danced backup for her and had the chance to witness to them. It’s really awesome how God works sometimes!
Wow, that’s incredible! Thanks for sharing Courtney. It really is true that the best way to share the love of Christ is to build relationships, one at a time.
Thoughtful post. Glad you shared on the Christian Women Bloggers group thread!
Thanks Sarah! I love this group.
What a beautiful post, Emily! First of all, I love how you share the way the Holy Spirit can prompt us to pray. I also love the confirmation that He brought, as tragic as it was. Secondly, your 3 points are fantastic.
Keep shining that light and changing your world!
Love ya, sis-in-the-Lord,
Beckie from Spotlight
Thanks Beckie! God is amazing! Keep shining your light too. God is using you in miraculous ways. Love you too sis 💕
I think we will be amazed one day about how much differece our little acts made.
I think so too Ali! Thanks for commenting
Ivanna | Provocative Joy
The Scriptures you listed can change hearts and lives! It’s so cool how our knowledge of our identity literally fights back the enemy!
Thank you Ivanna! When we become confident in Christ, we can do anything He wants us too!
Erin @ Momma's Living Room
Such a good message! I particularly loved everything in the “Realize Your Identity” paragraph. I have never considered that as an essential part of spreading God’s message, but it totally makes sense. In fact, thinking back over the Great Commission, it seems like something is missing if you don’t realize your identity in Christ. Thank you for sharing this!
So true Erin! How could we love others like ourselves if we don’t even know our worth? Thanks for commenting!
Thanks! Great post! With all the chaos in the world I cling to His Word. One of my favorites is Psalm 91, or call it my protective order! We are not suppose to be surprised by the happening in the world, rather live ready and hang on to hope! 😊
Amen Denisha! God’s word is light for our souls during dark times.
Yes, indeed it is!!!