What Is Our Role, As a Christian, in Today’s World?
As a Christian today watching all the changes taking place in the world I sometimes have to stop and ask myself what is my role as a child of God in today society. So often I hear people say there is nothing I can do to change anything or it’s in God’s hand, what can I do? I fully realize it is in God’s hand but as His child, just as His Son, Jesus was, we to have a responsibility as His child to stand for God and to carry His Word to others.
First we are to love God and love others.
The first thing that came to my mind was Jesus’ instructions to His disciples.
Reference Matthew 22: 34-40 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Reference John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
How do we know we have love? God Word tells us how we will act if we have Godly Love.
Reference I Corinthians 13:4-7 Charity suffereth long (is patient), and is kind; charity envieth not (doesn’t resent others); charity vaunteth not itself (doesn’t brag on one’s self), is not puffed up (isn’t arrogant or overbearing to others), Doth not behave itself unseemly seeketh not her own , is not easily provoked (is not rude),, thinketh no evil (keeps no record of evil or wrongs), Rejoiceth not in iniquity (doesn’t rejoice in others sins), but rejoiceth in the truth (by God’s Word); Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
We need to ask ourselves are we walking in the love of God toward Him and others. Are we being a light for God in a world of darkness?
Reference Romans 13: 10-14 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
We are to do God’s work and keep ourselves unspotted from the world.
James 1: 19-24 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
We are to be doers of God’s word, not just hearers.
Reference James 1:22-24 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass. For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
Reference Verses 26-27 26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
If we can’t control our tongue, not just bad words but our attitude toward others our religion is for nothing, just plain empty.
27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
We are to be a watchman for the Lord.
Don’t ever let Satan tell you there is nothing you can do or say for God. God called His Prophets to be watchman and He has called Christians to also be His watchman. As a watchman we have duties to complete while here on earth if we don’t we will give an answer to God for not doing them.
Reference Ezekiel 3:16-21 And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. Again, when a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.
Jesus instructed us to teach His word to others. He promised us we would not be alone that He would go with us.
Reference Matthew 28:18-20
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Reference Mark 13:11
11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
Jesus promised He wouldn’t leave us and He promised us it would be worth in the end.
Reference John 14: 18-19 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
God Bless each of you. May you always stand strong in the Lord. ~Jeanette