Then & Now - Week of November 5

Agent of Change

2 Corinthians 5:17

There are a lot of prayers we aren’t sure God wants to answer. For instance, right now our family is praying that we might sell our house and find one a bit bigger and closer to our church. We’re pretty sure this is a good thing, something that would help our family, but it very well could be that God has another, better plan.

But there is one prayer we know for sure God wants to answer. It’s the prayer Elijah prayed on behalf of his people (James 5:16-19). Israel was in desperate straights, having abandoned worship of God for false idols. This burdened the heart of Elijah, so he prayed that God would do something big in Israel to provoke His people to come back to Him.

Fast forward today. God still wants to do things like this in the world. In fact, Gods’ heart is the same as it was in Elijah’s day. His heart is to turn people from their worship of false idols to a worship of Himself. He wants to rescue people from the clutches of sin and death and breathe into them new life.

But guess what? God enlists you and me as his agents of this mission. Every single follower of Christ has been enlisted in this mission. We are God’s agents of reconciliation, bring the message of light to the darkness.

So how do we do this? We do this first by praying desperate prayers like Elijah. Prayers for God to do a powerful work among the people around us. Then we recognize that we are the ones God is calling to do the work. WE are the body of Christ in the world. So in your college dorm room, your home, your workplace, your place of business, your neighborhood.

You have the Spirit of God in you. You are the church.

Sadly, Christians can be really good at spotlighting the darkness. We like to complain about politics and Wall Street. We rail against Hollywood and Democrats and our neighbors. We rant and rave all day on Facebook and Twitter.

But God hasn’t called us simply to rant. He’s called us to love sinners and introduce them to His lifechanging gospel message. We do this by loving the unlovable. We do this by living out our gifts and callings well. We do this by living the gospel every day. And we do this by sharing, winsomely, wisely and compassionately, the message of salvation.

God is at work in the world. And he’s chosen you and me to be His ambassadors.

The only question is this. Are you on mission with God ?

Daniel Darling is an author, pastor, and public speaker. His latest book is Crash Course, Forming a Faith Foundation for Life. Visit him on Facebook by clicking here, follow on him on Twitter at, or check out his website: