Thursday, April 24, 2014

Change the World?


As I listened to a song about "changing the world” this morning, I realized how commonplace this phrase has become. We see it on billboards, hear politicians talk about it, and sing songs about it. But why? What’s so significant about ‘changing the world?’
I believe it's so much deeper than actually ‘changing the world’. It’s not simply about our actions, but about our heart. Those three simple words, ‘Change the World’, pull on our heartstrings and ignite a flame often hidden or repressed within us. We hear those words, and something inside us leaps 10 feet off the ground. “Yes!” we think. “I want that!”
Because whether we admit it or not, the truth is that we all long for something more. For something more than the brand on our clothes, more than the car we drive, more than the friends that make us popular, more than the city in which we live, more than our tedious job or neverending schoolwork, more than even a relationship. Sometimes these things can make us happy or seem fulfilled for a time, but then the excitement fades, and we’re back to where we started, left feeling (perhaps even subconsciously) more empty than before.
Because ultimately, we all long for something bigger than us. We long to be significant, to do something significant. We yearn for something deep – something that will last.
And you know what? That’s not wrong. That’s not wrong thinking, and it’s definitely not wrong to yearn for that. Did you know that it’s OKAY to long for something more? Beautiful and perfect, even? Now, just to get things straight, I’m not talking about discontentment. I’m not saying discontentment is okay. (Because it’s not.) I’m talking about something entirely different here: a longing, a yearning in the depths of our soul for something more, for something significant, for something that really, truly MATTERS.
Did you know Jesus wove that desire in you when he formed you with His own hands?! See, you were MADE for more! You were MADE to be significant, to do something that lasts. And with every beat of your heart that cries for something deeper, Jesus says, “Yes! You’re so right, you’re finally getting it! I made you for so much more than that! Don’t you see, I made you for ME. I made you to live in a body that wouldn’t die. I made you to long to be loved with a love that won’t fade away with time. I made you to do things that will last through eternity!”
The thing is, we get so mixed up that we try to find that depth, that meaning, that joy in this world. Newsflash: It’s not going to happen! There is nothing – literally NOTHING in this world that can fully satisfy our hearts in the way that we so deeply long for. We weren’t made for this world!
We were made for Jesus. And it’s only in Him that our hearts can be truly satisfied. So that’s why we long to change the world. Cause it’s what we were created to do.
What are you going do TODAY that will last for eternity? With every act of love, we bring the Kingdom come. So get up. Go do it! Love one another "so long as it is today"!!
Check out Hebrews 3:13, Jude 1:20-21, 1 John. :)
Hopefully I will write more on this topic soon.
Blessings,
Elizabeth

1 comment:

Luke Mason said...

This is a really good message, Elizabeth! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this feeling so many of us get. I for one get it a lot, and I plan on doing a lot with it as Christ gives me the strength. Thanks for the encouragement, and check my blog out if you haven't already. It's sharpenothers.org
Thanks!

-Luke Mason
(that other redhead whom you chatted with at the college fair in the Lansing Center)