Do you consider yourself a world changer? If you choose to follow Christ, that will be your mission. It doesn’t take much effort to realize our world is an absolute mess. Financial systems are crashing, morals are nonexistent, and violence is out of control. The message of Jesus is a cure for all that is wrong with society. It is the job of His people to take His good news to the furthest and darkest corners of our planet. If we impart the love of God to the masses, the peace of Christ will heal our nations. The only question is, are we up to the task?
I’ve been quoting Calvin Miller a lot lately, but I love his take on this subject. Miller says, “To change a world is to spend everything and then to wait and weep.” Perhaps we will not observe the change we long to see in our lifetime. That’s where the waiting and weeping come in. But it’s the first part of the quote that stirs me: “To change the world is to spend everything…” How many of us can honestly say that we are “spending everything” we have for the sake of Christ?
I want to spend everything for Jesus. When I die, I want to absolutely know that my life was spent serving Him. I don’t want to think of leaving this world knowing I could have done more. Every tick of the second hand is a moment in time that presents the opportunity to do something for the Kingdom. We waste so much time preoccupied with trivial tasks and shiny objects. Nothing matters except what we do for Christ. All the money you earn and all of the stuff you purchase with it don’t count for anything. We spend our lives chasing things of questionable worth while ignoring that which has eternal value.
How much longer will we sleep? At what point will we decide to truly follow our Lord and King? What are your plans for tomorrow? Do they include Jesus? We are a planning people but rarely do those plans include Kingdom work. Honestly, when was the last time you included being the hands and feet of Jesus into your schedule? I confess, this is not a habit I have developed, and there is no excuse for that. We have one mission in life, and that is to bring the Kingdom of God from Heaven to Earth.
The purpose of mankind is to glorify God, yet we spend all our time and energy on glorifying ourselves through possessions, comfort, and pleasure. Our lives are so full of potential that we are spilling over. We’re hoarding everything instead of spending it. If we are to be accepted as followers of Christ, this has to change (Matthew 7:13-23). Time is running out for each of us so we must start spending quickly. How can we start spending ourselves for the sake of the Kingdom in this moment? How about the next? We’ve got to get busy. We’ve got to spread His love. We must spend everything for the sake of our Savior who gave everything for us.