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It Matters

“as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 

I’m sure every generation throughout history has, at some moment, considered the world around them and felt suffocated by the negativity and evil. History books prove that evil and sin taints all mankind – every Adam since the first – and smears ash of hate, shame, guilt, and fear across the sun of each age that has dawned.

I could endlessly list the pain and suffering that inundates our modern world. There is no shortage of homelessness, abuse, war, natural disasters, crime, fear, hate, and lies around every corner. The pain and grief of lost life, broken homes, life-altering illnesses affect the lost and saved alike, and my own helplessness and doubt in the face of humanity has been pressing in heavily. I recently admitted that “the world is running toward hell as fast as it can, and there is nothing I can do about it!”

I knew that wasn’t exactly true.

Sometimes, when we take our eyes off of the One who created the world and everything in it, the out-of-control creation itself threatens to unravel our soul. The individual is swallowed up by the masses, losing both effectiveness and potential.

But the Holy Spirit wouldn’t let it rest there. The truth of what we’re called to do and be in this world began stirring in my soul. Conversations with other believers helped awaken in me the knowledge that what our earthly eyes see is not the ultimate reality. That our great God is doing huge things, and that when we look for them, we are invited in.

There are a lot of people doing a lot of things for good and to obey the Lord.

When we turn our eyes and engage intentionally in what He is already doing, then we see Him redeeming His world, one home at a time. One neighbor at a time. One soul at a time.

And it is contagious. I began to know that something COULD be done about it: personal revival and obedience to what God has already commanded.

In this season I may not be ending inner-city crime, living full time on a foreign mission field, or even rescuing orphans. He’s given me gifts of hospitality and friendship, and I’m asking Him to use me right where I am. My sphere of influence is small, but it’s personal and it’s tangible. There are people on my street and in my neighborhood that have been here for years that I now know and didn’t a month ago. God has shown me ways to create opportunity for friendship, conversation, and open doors to share the gospel, and I haven’t left my city. Not even my neighborhood. In fact, some of them have walked right into my home. And you know what? It’s empowering. It’s invigorating and exciting. Humbling and a bit frightening as well – this mama does not have all the answers – but I do have Jesus. I know He’s real and that He died so He could save. And that He loves each of the new faces He has allowed me to meet. And in the grand scheme of all creation and chaos that may include, what I do – whom you and I reach – is important.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus Helen Howarth Lemmel Verses 1 and 3

O soul, are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see? There’s light for a look at the Savior, And life more abundant and free.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace.

His Word shall not fail you, He promised; Believe Him and all will be well; Then go to a world that is dying, His perfect salvation to tell!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace.


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