Our world is in constant struggle. There are viewpoints on the left and the right. People have opinions, agendas and not to mention flat out desperate needs. Turn on the screen or open the papers and life looks bleak. And if you look long enough you may be tempted to think we are all helpless and hopeless. We might as well give up, run away and never come back.
But then we are drawn back to reality. And the truth is hope is not just a fancy idea or aspiration. Hope is a
Person and He is alive. Jesus Christ came to reconcile all things to Himself (Colossians 1:20). Most specifically,
people who were once far from God, whom were lost, in darkness and without hope can now be found and brought near to the light of God’s great love because of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
And this good news (gospel) is not just momentary sentimental drivel, but is life-changing truth. Think about it: God sent His only Son to die on a cross to pay the penalty for sins He didn’t commit. This action would be horrendous if it didn’t have power to impact everyday life. The gospel is about complete transformation:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” (2Corinthians 5:17-20)
Did you catch that? The gospel is not only meant for us but meant to go through us! Christians have salvation and a purpose. You have a ministry. You are an ambassador. You are a reconciler. So, look around just a bit longer to see what needs help and who needs hope. God just might use you to display His power in ways you never would have imagined.