There was a time in my life when I was a traveling salesman that I listened to several hours of political news per day. I knew everything that was going on, and I had an opinion on all of it. I was well informed, but there was a drawback to my brain downloading that much information regularly. The news I listened to was never happy or good. That type of news just doesn’t sell. The news I was consuming was always delivered with an air of anxious intensity, and that anxious spirit was transferred to my own personal life. Everywhere I looked I saw the terrible fate of the world around me, and I knew that at any moment it was all going to upend and come crashing down. People were leaving behind logic and reason; nothing was safe, and morality had been perverted. Our politicians were out to destroy us, and none of them could be trusted. It made me consider getting some land and cutting myself off from the world to protect my family, but when I read the word of God, I changed my mind.
Don’t get me wrong, we live in a dying world, and that is obvious. Morality has most definitely been perverted, and the truth along with it. Individuals are calling what is evil good and what is good evil. We are seeing a departure from faith, family, and the church. If you look at the world for any length of time you will see that these things cannot be argued. Sin is running rampant, and we are invited to join in, pride is celebrated and expected. The highest form of worship is to yourself and your own desire, but as Christians we don’t have to be swallowed by this dying fleeting world. We are called to be not only hearers, but doers. We are called to live in the world, but not be of it. Most importantly we are called to be like Christ, and that includes looking at the world around us the same way he did.
Jesus didn’t see the world ending and go hide, he didn’t grab all the Christians and take them to a secluded island somewhere to live. Jesus saw the world around him and sacrificed himself completely to save it. That is the example we are given. That is how we should live our lives. If I could describe how Jesus saw the world and humanity in one word it would be compassion. Mathew 9:36 sums it up perfectly. “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” How are you looking at the world? With compassion or disgust? With love, or fear? Jesus finishes that verse with a command for his disciples that I hope you all will join me in following… Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”