Singer songwriter Josh Wilson wrote the song “I refuse” after a massive flood hit Nashville, Tennessee in 2010. After saying several prayers for those affected by the flood, Josh realized he needed to stop praying and do something. The lyrics of the song essentially say I can’t do everything, but I refuse to do nothing. I think we’ve all had the experience of being overwhelmed by the problems we see around us. It’s easy to say a prayer and wait for God, but we are actually letting God down when we don’t take action.
Matthew 25:45 (NASB)
“Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’”
We have an obligation as followers of Jesus to do everything within our power to help those in need. We can’t let the enemy tell us we are too busy, or unqualified, or otherwise unable to do anything. More often than not, we can do something. If we don’t have the skills to offer the kind of help needed, we can donate money to a qualified organization. Or we can volunteer our time to a qualified organization.
Is there a problem in our world that’s been weighing on your heart – hunger, human trafficking, poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, foster children, lonely seniors, overcrowded prisons, those who do not know Christ? Is God calling you to action in one of these areas? Or perhaps, God is calling you to serve in some way closer to home. Is there a family member who’s been struggling that could use your help? How about a neighbor? I know God wants to use you. Take some time right now to pray for guidance. Ask God to put you to work.
We are in a battle with the forces of evil that continuously camouflage our true abilities. This will always be the case. We all need to reevaluate our current situation and push the opposing forces aside with the help of the Holy Spirit. This is a never-ending battle that takes constant vigilance to hold in check. Even when we think we are pointed in the right direction, there will always be an obstacle to overcome. While we might have a victory in one area of our lives, elsewhere we may need improvement.
The last thing we want, is to live like we don’t care. We don’t want our prayers to be empty and meaningless. We don’t want to sit around and wait for someone else to solve the problems that surround us. Is God calling you? Refuse to sit on the sidelines and watch. Get in the game.
1 Corinthians 9:24(NASB)
“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.”
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