Last term at Youth, we started exploring ‘How to change the world.’ It’s one of these ideas that gets thrown around a lot in our culture, but I wonder how often we stop to think about the enormity of it all. We struggle to change our own lives – who are we to change the world?
As Christians, we find ourselves in an unusual position. On the one hand, we can find peace, no matter how great the challenge, because we know that God is God and we are not. We can submit our cares, our anxieties and our dreams for a healed world to our saviour.
On the other hand, we are also called and compelled to be God’s hands and feet in our world. We are commanded to love and care for the oppressed, the marginalized, the vulnerable, the forgotten.
It is uncomfortable at times to think about how much wealth, opportunity and privilege we have in our society. As Uncle Ben says to Peter Parker (aka Spider-Man): “With great power comes great responsibility.”
In 1 Samuel 10, as Samuel is anointing Saul as king, he says, “…do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.” What has God put in your hands to change someone’s world, your family’s world, your community’s world or your greater world?