Even with all the commonalities that shape our daily experiences, each of us sit in a stream of special experiences and relationships. We all exist after a long line of surprisingly dissimilar events. In our more introspective moments, we may ask ourselves, “Why has God placed me where I am? Why this family, in this area, in this church, surrounded by these people?”
The answer is both simple and universal: God has placed each of us in unique settings and backgrounds so that the unity of His spirit would spread throughout the diversity of His creation.
While God has gifted us in a variety of ways, He has bound us together in a universal way: His Spirit taking command of our desires and directing us to see His will be accomplished on earth as it is in heaven.
That’s what it means to change the world: To see the world defect from its rebellion and return to her Maker and God. That is a work that God has designed and implemented before He laid the foundation of the world. And now he calls us to that ministry as well.
What we bring to the table is not nearly as important as the fact that God brought us to the table to celebrate His Kingship over the whole of creation, both seen and unseen. God’s graciousness reveals Him, brings salvation, teaches us what not to do, teaches us what to do, shows us what to hope for and explains to us why He’s doing all this.
Paul writes to Titus (a world changer, according to Titus 1:5) saying, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” (Tit 2:11-14 ESV).
That is the message of the World Changer: Jesus is changing the world and He’s recruiting. The presence of God is changing the world and the presence of God is in us, His specifically chosen people. Therefore, our labor sits under heavenly direction as an answer to a heavenly call for the purpose of a heavenly result.