How to Change the World by Changing Yourself
- Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Be an ambassador for God. Respond to God’s call to be an ambassador, going out into the world to help people reconcile their relationships with Him and each other. Engage in relationships with diplomacy and develop friendships with non-Christians who are spiritual seekers. Respond to the opportunities you encounter to share the Gospel message with them, communicating with respect and love. Work among the people you know to help resolve conflicts and solve problems whenever crises arise. Aim to inspire people by living a life of integrity and peace. Pray for the discernment you need to envision the unique role that God wants you to play to help restore this broken world.
Focus on God’s desires for your life rather than on other people’s expectations of you. Don’t hesitate to follow wherever God leads you, even when that conflicts with what other people expect you to do with your life. Pray for the courage you need to base your decisions on God’s guidance and refuse to let pressure from other people pull you away from God’s direction for your life.
Take action despite your fear. Don’t let fear stop you from doing what you sense God leading you to do. Identify what you’re afraid to sacrifice (such as safety, money, time, or family relationships) in order to serve God, and then pray for the courage you need to sacrifice them whenever necessary to take the risks that God wants you to take while serving Him. Keep in mind that when you’re afraid, you’re forced to rely on God, and relying on God is the position you need to be in to change the world for the better and enjoy an abundant life.
Develop greater generosity. Keep in mind when you encounter needy people that you could have been born into difficult circumstances (in poverty, in sickness, as a refugee, as an orphan, etc.) just as easily as them. Realize that you’re not entitled to the resources you have; they all came to you as gifts from God, with the hope that you would be a good steward of them. Ask God to help you generously share your time, money, energy, and talents with the people He wants you to serve – from people in your local community, to people across the planet with whom you’re globally connected.
Adapted from Go and Do: Daring to Change the World One Story at a Time, copyright 2012 by Jay Milbrandt. Published by Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill., www.tyndale.com.
Jay Milbrandt is an attorney and serves as the Director of the Global Justice Program and Associate Director of the Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion, and Ethics at Pepperdine University School of Law. Jay travels regularly throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America as a human rights lawyer. He manages global initiatives in Africa and South East Asia. He speaks frequently about his work. Jay is the author of numerous articles on legal and global topics and has written for numerous publications. You can connect with Jay at JayMilbrandt.com and on Twitter.
Whitney Hopler is a freelance writer and editor who serves as both a Crosswalk.com contributing writer and the editor of About.com’s site on angels and miracles. Contact Whitney at: firstname.lastname@example.org to send in a true story of an angelic encounter or a miraculous experience like an answered prayer.
Publication date: September 19, 2012
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