“For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro and throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” 2 Chronicles 16:9
We are living in some very difficult days in which we have seen traditional family values and Christianity come under attack. In addition, we have seen the rise of many unthinkable and evil acts against our fellow man. Our world seems in shambles at times. What should be the role of Christians to reverse this trend?
First, I am convinced that we as believers and followers of Christ must individually recommit our hearts completely to Christ. We need to get back in His Word like never before. As well, we must begin to pray as never before. We need God’s direction on how to make a difference in this culture. From time in the Word and time on our knees, I believe that God will give us a vision to impact our world.
Author Chip Ingram has a great definition of vision that speaks to this issue. Ingram states that: “Vision is a God-given burden to see what a person, a place, or a situation could become if the grace of God and the power of God were unleashed on them.”
Can you imagine if we would give our hearts completely to God and then allow Him to work through us to love people and continually share the good news of the Gospel with all around us? If we could get a God-given burden like this, 2 Chronicles 16:9 tells us that this is something that God is not only looking for but it is also a burden that He will support.
The truth is that when our hearts are completely His, then we will begin to chase after the pursuits of life that He would have us chase after. Our world desperately needs to see authentic Christianity and the love of Christ. My prayer is that this will be a year in which we as a staff at Metrolina will model this for our students and families as never before.
Also, that we would ask God for a God-given burden for our culture and from that burden we will develop a plan that will allow God to unleash His grace and power. I love studying Nehemiah as a leader. He encountered a culture much like today and I especially love his challenge to his people in Nehemiah 2:17-18:
“But now I said to them, ‘You know very well what trouble we are in. Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire. Let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and end this disgrace!’ Then I told them about how the gracious hand of God had been on me, and about my conversation with the king. They replied at once, ‘Yes, let’s rebuild the wall!’ So they began the good work.”
These verses reveal Nehemiah’s God-given burden to rebuild the city and culture. May God give us that same type of burden for our world. Let’s rebuild together so that we might bring glory to God and hope to our fellow man!
It begins with making our hearts “Completely His”.