One of today’s most prevailing mantras has to be the cry to “save the world.” Impassioned campaigns are urgently championed across the globe to basically save the planet from ourselves. People are frequently viewed as invasive parasites feeding off and injuring the host – a pandemic that must be neutralized. Battle lines are drawn and aggressive agendas often consume more vital resources than the actual target of their alarmism.
But while it’s easy to point out examples of overreaching environmental extremism and faulty science, there are also many initiatives which clearly do help protect and preserve our home. After all, it is God’s garden. He did give mankind authority over it and charged us with a stewardship to cultivate it and keep it. We definitely should be wise about such an amazing gift from God.
But God’s love for the planet He created cannot be compared to His passion for people. In fact, His love could not be expressed through edicts or legislation. The only way to fully implement His plan was to send Jesus on a personal mission to save the world. There truly is a global pandemic to be eradicated, but it’s a pandemic of sin – waging war not on the environment, but on our very souls.
Jesus came as the Light of the World to show us the way out. He spoke powerful words of truth to shine on our path, but words alone would never save us. The magnitude of this kind of love bound Him to the agony of the cross to willingly bear our sins, but it also pierced the darkness of death and the grave with a victorious resurrection glory.
Like the bird we found in our garage that remained confused and trapped even when we fully opened the main door to let it escape. It was as though it could not see how to get out when there was no distinct path. However, after closing the main door and opening a smaller side door, we created a bold light shining into a dark place that clearly showed it the way to freedom.
Jesus boldly opened the door of eternal salvation into the darkness of our world. As His light-bearers, we have both the power and the privilege to point the way to those trapped in sin. No matter how dark, there is a path to freedom, and Jesus is The Door. The best way to help save the world is to shine!
The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned (Matthew 4:16 NIV).
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© 2016 Tim McKenzie
On Every Word Ministries