The world says it’s all about me and that we’re fighting for our rights, our lives and our agendas. The world is a liar! Choosing to believe this lie will cause you to miss out on the whole purpose and meaning of life.
Our families and our communities are in trouble. People all around us are vulnerable to harassment and emotional attacks from outsiders and even from the people within our own family. They are physically unsafe and emotionally unstable. We have to open our hearts and care for more than just ourselves. When God touches and breaks our hearts, He is calling “us” to lead other people into safety and stability.
Instead of fighting and caring for ourselves, we have to fight and care for our brothers and sisters, our sons and daughters, our neighbors, our husbands, wives and families. We have to be the person who is courageous enough to stand against the world and everything it teaches. We have to be the person who cares. Our families and communities need us.
When people feel physically or emotionally unsafe, insecurity drives them to use the only tool they can trust. That tool is their body. The young woman fears she can’t hold a man’s attention so she gives him her body on the first date. The young man fears he can’t support his family so he gives in to the temptation of drugs, alcohol or pornography to numb his feelings and to escape from reality. The woman moves in with a man after two weeks of knowing him, because she’s afraid to be alone and has never learned how to support herself. The man who was laid off and now lies on the sofa day after day because he’s so afraid he’ll never go back to work. The teenage girl who sits at home eating to numb the pain that nobody wants to be her friend.
The temptations of this world make a play for all of us. It entwines some for a time while it enchains others for a lifetime. Fear that is mismanaged leads to sin which leads to hiding. Since we’ve all sinned, we all hide. We don’t hide in the bushes like Adam and Eve, we hide in eighty-hour work weeks, addictions and religious busyness. We hide to avoid God. But hiding just keeps us in bondage. God cares too much to leave us where we are though; He doesn’t want to see us perish. People care enough and don’t want to see us perish either. Fear often corrodes our confidence in God’s goodness and in the goodness of people who care for us though. Fear dulls our memories and makes us forget what Jesus has done for us, how good God is and how blessed we are to have people in our lives that care.
Today, I challenge you to make a commitment to your family. Be the person who cares, don’t let fear and discouragement get in the way; take a stand against this world. Refuse to let this world have your marriage, your children, your family, your community or your worship.