As Christians, what are those particular things that trouble us and even make us lose sleep? In school, we spend sleepless nights trying to prepare for exams and when the exams are over we get back to normal life. We live in such a selfish and self-centered generation where we all are concerned about our own interests. We will do anything to get what we want irrespective of who gets hurt or not. However, I would like to point at four aspects that I believe would get us up on our feet especially at such a time as this:
The state of our nation
John Knox cried out to God in prayer, “Give me Scotland or I die.” During her reign Mary Queen of Scotland confessed that she dreaded the prayers of John Knox more than she feared 10,000 troops of her nation. 1st Timothy 2:1-2, the Bible urges us to pray for everyone and for kings especially that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. But how many of us dedicate ample time to pray for our president and all those in leadership? How much time do we spend complaining about the injustice and unfairness of those in authority and how much of our time do we spend praying for a change in the way things are done? In our sitting room at home I have the Uganda national flag and the German flag hanging on the wall and every morning I pray for the two nations that God orchestrates a moral and spiritual renewal in these nations.
The needs of others
The story of the rich young man who came to Jesus is one to put to test here. He had done everything else and observed the law but wanted to know how to enter the kingdom of God. Jesus told him to sell his riches and give to the poor. Jesus was looking for the sense of responsibility and concern for the needs of others. In the days of slave trade, Abraham Lincoln told Congress, “I pity the man who does not feel the whip when it is laid on the back of another.” If we cannot observe the needs of the few how then can we meet the needs of many? How can we reach out to many nations when we cannot even for a moment meet the needs of our immediate neighbor? Why are we working or studying? I believe that we may become part of the solution to the needs of society not just becoming rich or build better houses for ourselves.
The salvation of others
“Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.” Romans 10:1. What is your heart’s desire for your family and your generation? It is easy to point fingers to the world in judgment of the evil they do, and we are quick to criticize and gossip about the failings of others. But do we weep and cry for their salvation? No one deserves to go to hell, in fact even demons fear hell. Remember when they asked Jesus to throw them into the pigs and not hell? 2Peter 3:9 tells us that, “God is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” Just like God doesn’t want anyone to perish we should likewise carry that desire and this will change how we interact and relate with other people.
The state of our spiritual lives
Are we concerned about our own individual spiritual lives as much as we do with the physical? We charge our phones and gadgets for at least 3 hours but how much time do we invest in prayer and study of God’s word? In 1991 Americans used 1 million tons of makeup cosmetics in a single year. Martin Luther king once said, “I have so much to do today that I need to spend the first 3 hours in prayer.” In the days of the reformation in Germany Martin Luther remarked, “If I spend 2 days without praying, I feel it. If I spend 3 days without praying, the church feels it. And if I spend a whole week without praying the whole Germany suffers.” Our lives matter especially if we are going to make a difference for Christ in our generation. We must take responsibility for how we live and how we spend our time.
I would like to put forward the following as nuggets as a call to action to stir us up in the bid to be effective in our life’s sojourn here on earth:
- Purpose to constantly pray for our nation and the communities where we live (Jer 29:7).
- Choose to be an answer to the prayers of many. You could be the Father’s hands and give the world a chance to believe that there is indeed a God that cares for them.
- Let us walk the talk. We have listened enough but done less. Job said to God, “My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you.” Yearn for God!
- Identify particular individuals and pray that God’s will be done in their lives, pray for their salvation.
- How about we initiate a fund that will sponsor our young people as missionaries to go to Europe and distant lands as missionaries to share Christ?
- Repent of our prayerlessness and mediocre lives as Christians. We must ask God for a re-filling of the Holy Spirit and a renewal so we can become effective Christians wherever we live.
- Pay attention to our own lives; how we live in such an evil world. Paul said, “No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” 9:27
- Make the decision to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior. He will transform you and give you a new peace. Albert Einstein once told his photographer that he regretted ever writing to President Roosevelt that it was possible to make an atomic bomb. When asked if there would ever be peace in the world, he said never! But I assure you Jesus can give you profound peace because He is the Prince of peace. Make that decision today.
I challenge you to rise up and be the light and salt of this world that Christ has called you to be. I dare you to come out of your comfort zone and be a doer of God’s word that the world will see Christ in you.
God richly bless you