As I look around, I can gaurentee most of you have had at least one thought cross your mind that sounded a lot like this, “What is happening to the world?”
At some point growing up, I stopped seeing the world as good and began to see it as bad. I would watch on the news terrible and horrific things happening and fear that would happen to me or question as to why it’s happening. I began to think that there was nothing good in this world. How could people do such things to another? How could people be acting in such horrible ways? Why is this world so evil?
Then one day (after I recieved Jesus as my Savior) I felt a gentle tug on my heart when watching the news. Words begun to flow into my heart as I listened, “The world is good. People are good. For I love all. People are lost, just like you once were. They need to be brought back to who they were created to be. For I can see all that is happening and my heart breaks as yours does. However I see the potential each holds, not merely what they are disgusing themselves as. For I created this world as good, I created and formed each person for good. They all hold within themselves a piece of me, they need to bring it to light for it to shine forth. Take heart, for although in this world you will have trouble, I have overcome the world! (John 16:33)
Since that time, I have gone through a process of learning to see people as Jesus see’s them. Not as bad people, but as people who have lost their identity as sons and daughters of God. That from them not knowing who they are, they get caught up in the ways of darkness rather then living in the light. For when people don’t know God, they are missing a vital part of who they were meant to be and live as. Instead of living in light, they live in darkness. In darkness, a lot can entangle a person rather then living freely in the light of Jesus.
Although we live in a world that may be imperfect, there is that who is perfect and through Him we can find the gold even in the midst of dirt. For this world is good, and people are good- Jesus is that who can bring forth light into darkness. No matter what you may be going through, be reminded that YOU were created in the image of love and can be brought back into His likeness-for although those around us may not be who we expect them to be, may we be who God created us to be and Jesus died for us to become. For God loves all, and for them so see His love and see that their is a life better than that which they are living, they need to see Jesus. How else can they see Jesus but through those who love Him? When we begin to arise into our identity and stand as sons and daughters of Father God, then the world will be brought forth back to life. For when others see people on fire and assure of who they are, it sparks a hope in them, that they too can be better people.
“so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” Philippians 2:15
For the world is good, and people are good-they just need to be reminded of who they are. For they are not the things they do but they are who they were created in the image of. People need a sense of hope in being better people; they need to see it’s possible and they are not bad. They need their identity restored and life poured back into them. For when people are lost, they do things which bring them further from the light because they feel unworthy of such or unsure of how to turn their life around. May you be that source of hope, showing how Jesus has saved you from darkness and brought you into light. May you begin to call out peoples destinies, call out the good in people rather then telling them the bad. Love on others and bring them out from the pits of darkness into the light of their beautiful Savior who within Him is hope, love and fullness of life.
“Giving thanks to the Father, which has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” Colossians 1:12-14