'He has created us anew...so we can do the good things he planned for us.' Ephesians 2:10 NLT
We've been designed to do good works, and to carry out God's plan here on earth. We see pictures on the news of starving children and people dying from preventable illnesses because they can't afford to get food or treatment. We read about modern slavery and exploitation. We hear about escalating domestic violence in our own country. It all seems overwhelming and we can start to ask 'What can I do? How can I make a difference?' The problems seem so massive, and we can feel that we have no power to do anything about them.
But with God's help, we can make a difference - 'with God all things are possible' (Matthew 19:26 NIV). The first thing we can do is pray for the situations that touch our hearts and for those who are suffering. 'If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us' (1 John 5:14 NIV). Our prayers are powerful, because when they're in line with God's will, he'll act. We could also volunteer at a local charity or help out with a mission or organisation that champions the cause that God's placed on our heart, and donate to it if we can.
We can't solve the massive problems in the world by ourselves. We just need to do whatever we can, and trust God to make the big difference.
So what now? Commit to regularly spending a few minutes praying for whatever world or local problems or situations have pulled at your heart. Ask God to show you how you can help. It's what you're created to do.
Soulfood: Lev 13:38-59 Lev 14:1-57 Luke 21:1-7 Ps 25:1-7 Pro 9:17-18,