God isn’t asking you (or me) to solve the entire world’s problem!
May 14, 2017, 5:00 AM

A few years back, the gym at the church I was pasturing flooded. Water washed down the alley road and off the hill behind the building water filled kitchen, bathrooms, classroom, and gym floor.  It was a complete wreck. It was soaking wet and covered with dark mud, leaves, and debris.  I took one look at it and was overwhelmed.  How do I clean this mess up?  Where do I even start?


The emotion I was feeling when confronted with the work in front of me is very similar to how I respond to encountering the brokenness of this world. Where do I even begin? Everywhere I turn I see a mess: poverty, divorce, political disunity, racism, social injustice, suicide, hunger, loss, etc. All these issues are demanding my attention. I know I SHOULD care about these things (and deep down inside I do), but it seems hopeless.


This leads me to feelings of shame, guilt and discontentment. Because I can’t do it all, I often resort to inactivity and being overwhelmed with the futility of it all. I don’t think I’m alone with this struggle. Deep down inside each one of us has a desire to make a difference, to leave an impact and bring a bit of redemption, hope and change to this mad world.


But, here’s the thing: God isn’t asking you (or me) to solve the entire world’s problems; He is calling us to our part of the puzzle. This is what makes the body of Christ so beautiful. Each part is vital to our overall impact. God has equipped each one of us differently. We all have varied interests and passions.

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Romans 12:3-8


So, how do we figure out our part? We find it by staying connected to Christ, being others focused and praying for eyes to see the needs around us. We start somewhere, remain curious and pray hard. We do something about one thing rather than nothing about everything. Articulation and insight on how we can influence others comes when we allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. How would you describe the part you playing in bringing Christ’s love to the mad world around you?


This is my Prayer: Father God, it’s easy for me to lose faith when I come face-to-face with the brokenness around me. It paralyzes me. It makes me feel ill equipped and helpless. Lord,help me stop trying to put it all on my shoulders, open my eyes to how and where You want me to respond.  Help me to own my part. Jesus ignite my heart in this area so I can humbly serve You and make a difference for Your Kingdom. In Your name, Amen.