The believer’s responsibility in a fallen world
For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Romans 8:19-22 NIV
We can’t deny the fact that we live in a fallen world and just like the above scripture says, the world has been groaning. A closer look at the things that are happening around us today and you will agree with me that the world is in great pain. Hardly can you watch news or even walk around without feeling the severity of its groaning and pain. There is struggle everywhere. Misery, hurt, murder, abandonment idolatry, frustrations, adultery, fornication, lies, slander, slavery, kidnapping, violence, oppression, abortion, unfaithfulness, insincerity, greed and corruption are some of the things that have taken a toll on the lives of people and the world today.
It’s no doubt the world we are living in is corrupted with evil and sin, and sin has consequences-death. I believe that it’s only a handful of us who really know what abundance of life, which Christ came to give us, is. The consequences of sin have taken over our lives because our bodies and the world weren’t designed to endure it.
But this is a people plundered and looted, all of them trapped in pits or hidden away in prisons. They have become plunder, with no one to rescue them; they have been made loot, with no one to say, “Send them back.” Isaiah 42:22 NIV
Destinies and real identities of many people have been stolen by the enemy. Many have become a shadow of themselves and they walk and live in ignorance of who they are, whose they are and why they exist in the first place. This has become the genesis of their frustrations, hopelessness, depression, weariness and troubles in life. You will agree with me that many people who are walking and existing on the face of the earth today are lost and without hope. Some are in captivity, others are caged and they sit in dark prisons bound by the chains of the enemy. Their destinies have been aborted, terminated, killed, stolen and destroyed. Yet many are unaware of it. Their minds have been corrupted and their authentic selves stolen. They look and see themselves from the world’s point of view and they use the standards of the world to gauge and rate themselves.
Their outlook towards life is worldly. Their lifestyle, thoughts, actions and words are also worldly. They live in limitations, and to many of them, life is just a one boring routine they are unable to shake off. They don’t know victory or how it feels to enjoy life. Their hands hang limp because defeat is inevitable as far as they are concerned. They have surrendered to the king of this world who has not spared them one bit, and even though deep within them they long for freedom, peace and rest, their hearts and souls are totally worn out and their spirits faint within them. Something very strong and beyond their control has pushed them to the wall and sadly, they have surrendered.
It’s because of this kind of hopelessness that many people have opted to squeeze themselves to the limited opportunities available even if it means giving up their dignity, well being and worse still, souls, to get them. Others have lowered their bars so low so that they can fit in and be accepted by the society and the world at large. They live and move with the masses, often buying other people’s ideas of life and following with great loyalty other people’s instructions. They shape themselves to fit into other people’s definitions and in the process end up losing themselves. Many have lost their self esteem and themselves in the process. Some think they have freedom and have it all, but in real sense, they are slaves to the enemy. They are heading to the wrong direction and the path they have taken is a path of destruction. They have been deceived, lied to and entered into the trap of the enemy without knowing.
Where is the solution?
The solution is with the children of God. The world groans and waits for the manifestation of the sons and daughters of God, because they are clothed with the salvation that it needs to be free. They’ve got the solutions that it so much needs to sort itself out.
As Dr. Cindy Trimm says in her book “Til Heaven invades earth”; ‘When we become the children of God who we are each called to be-plugged into and led by the Holy Spirit, maturing into the fully functioning tripartite beings we were designed to become-things will change for the better. The kingdom of God will be manifest-not on the whole earth at first, perhaps, but at least in those places where we have influence.’
The problem is that we have become so comfortable that we are tolerating the evil that is being done to others. We have become used to it and have accommodated the works of the enemy around us. We have become voiceless and are unable to raise a finger even when things are going wrong. We have become insensitive, hardhearted and obstinate. We have no compassion at all for others.
Have you ever seen a scenario where someone is being attacked and despite the fact that where he/she is being attacked from is a public place, people bypass him/her and walk past as if nothing is happening? They unapologetically leave the victim at the mercy of their attackers. They come, stare and move on without being bothered, caring less if anything. Others take it upon themselves to take a snapshot of what is happening with their gadgets and share it with the rest of the world on social media. As long as it’s not you or someone you know, it is none of your business. Our hearts have gone cold, completely. We’ve literally given the enemy the pleasure of trampling others down. The result is a hopeless generation that is unsure of where it is heading to–No direction. No vision. No hope.
Millions and millions of people are dying daily and going to hell yet we are in a better position to help them. We can actually save them from this eternal torment yet to many of the so called children of God, it has become none of our business. Such is a very heart breaking thing before God. He delivered you and me from this same world and placed us individually, strategically, so that we can be a voice to the voiceless and restore others to Him–to give them hope and show them the light of Christ. This is your major calling as a believer.