is the water inside?

All the water in all the oceans cannot sink a ship unless it gets inside. – Eugene H. Petersen

 

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. – Proverbs 4:23.

 

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world change = heart change

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. – Tolstoy

So we’re all a bunch of “world changers.” What are we looking to change the world into? Well, that depends on where you stand and what you believe is most important.

In reality, the only thing that we want to change the world into is a place that we better fit in.

We want the world to conform to fit our world. Because, when it doesn’t . . . it’s uncomfortable for us. It’s hard. It takes work. It causes strife and dissension.

The solution:  everyone change your world into what you want it to be and then hope the rest agree and condemn the ones who don’t.

ABSOLUTELY NOT. But this is where our society has moved to.

If everyone changed the world to fit their beliefs and desires (in a mostly autonomous culture), it would be sheer chaos. Sure most people want peace, love, and happiness (sorry to be cliche), but if we threw in every weird and quirky thing people want to change the world into . . . well, to be honest, I’d move to Mars.

There are countless social injustices and issues in the world that should be addressed and fought for. But there’s a bigger common denominator that we must have before we see change in the world. The change has to begin in ourselves. It begins at the heart. It begins with the Gospel.

Social injustices are more than moral issues. They are heart issues. We have all the riches in the USA to cure world hunger, but we must first cure greed. The sex trade is not going to stop unless the hearts of those men have been transformed by the Gospel.

Before the world can change. Our hearts must change. The Gospel is the answer to change. The greatest social injustice is that the people who were created to worship the One True God are not.

If that is the greatest injustice, and we (as believers) pride ourselves on fighting injustice . . . then why are we so hesitant to send forth the Answer? It breaks my heart to say that we are so guilty of living in the above “solution.”

We act like Christ doesn’t matter. When, in fact, He is the only thing that matters.

May the change we desire to see in the world be that all hearts return to Him. With knees to the earth and eyes to the Cross, may we live and speak and act in accordance with that desire. May Christ’s love compel us.

For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! – 1 Corinthians 9:16