“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”
Romans 1:18-21, 24, 26-32 NKJV
I have often thought I could play a significant role in changing this world. I have recently come to the conclusion that all I can do is try to save the lost one soul at a time. Paul says in Romans there comes a time when God just lets sin go. He gives them what they want. If they want destruction through sin, destruction they will receive. If they want judgement over mercy, judgement they will get. Romans illustrates the signs we see when judgement begins. The one that really grabbed me was God lets the world “have a debased mind” or a mind that is scattered, empty and unfulfilled. I suppose God changes to an anything goes approach and let the chips fall where they may. The grace for us is God protects those who are His. We will be sheltered.
So, it’s folly to think we can change the world and are wasting our time trying. The chaos around us will get worse like birth pains Jesus mentioned in Matthew 24. What is worthwhile is trying to save the lost one at a time. We know that few will make it but at least a few is better than none at all.
The best advice I can give is pray often. Get to know Christ and Christ know you personally. Trust Him and he will shelter you from the storm just like Noah and the Arc. Separate from this world and invest in Christ. Place your investments in Him and cut your losses on this world. Change only what God has Willed you to change. Accept what you can’t change. Walk close to Him and He will walk close to you.
I know there comes a point when Your patience runs out. I can’t change the world but I can change a few lives around me with Your help. I can walk close to You. I can take one day at a time. I can Bless your holiness and place my full trust in You. I know I can only rescue a few drowning. I will thank You whether times are good or bad. You are Holy. I love You. In Jesus precious name. Amen.
by Kent Brosh a Kawaiaha’o Blog Contributor