Everyone from preachers to politicans have challenged us to “Change the world”, usually giving us examples of how past heroes have made a difference. Now I’m sure these folks mean well and the world certainly needs to be changed, but I’ve got a problem with these appeals.
In the first place, we can’t change the world. True–we can change our little corner of the world to an extent, but “the world”?, no way. This wicked world won’t be changed until King Jesus sits on His throne and rules over it. That will be a blessed day!
But I’ve got another problem with these appeals to change the world. Besides the fact that we can’t do it and have not been commanded to do it, these appeals put people under un-do pressure. They leave the impression that unless you become famous and highly influencial you are, at least somewhat, a failure. To be labelled a success you have to get your name in the headlines and control something. The average oridinary “Joe” is looked upon as being inferior to these “superstars”. That’s sad!
We need to re-define the word “success”, it’s not what most people think. Success is simply this—discovering the will of God and doing it. It’s the housewife who faithfully labors to take care of her family, as the Bible commands. It is the the farmer who works hard to provide food for the table. You get the picture–the list could go on and on. Success is simply and seriously doing the will of God from the heart. That’s something we can all do–regardless of our circumstances. You can be a success. You don’t need to feel inferior to anyone.
Get out from under the pressure. Don’t let these people put you on a guilt trip. If God is pleased with your life that is all that matters. To please Him, all you have to do is live a consistent godly life, faithfully discharging your God given duties with the right attitude. And God will give you the power to do it!
So, get up and get going. Forget about trying to “change the world” and focus on being the person God wants you to be. No one is better or more important than you are. Stop beating yourself up and start doing exactly what God wants you to do. That will make you a success. Think about it!