There was once a college student who was struggling in many area of his life. He spent a great deal of his time feeling angry and frustrated. When he could stand it no longer, he went to the dim and seldom used chapel on campus. He paced up and down the aisles, slapping the back of the empty pews. He yelled, he cried, and he raged at God.
“God you created the world. What could you possibly have been thinking? Look at the problems people face. Look at the pain, suffering, and hunger. Look at the neglect, the waste, the abuse. Everywhere I look, I see messed up people, hurting people, lonely people!” The young man ranted and raved on and on.
Finally, exhausted, he sat in the front pew and looked hopelessly at the cross. Its tarnished surface reflected the dusty sunlight filtering in through the stained glass windows. “It’s all such a mess! This world you created is nothing but a terrible mess! Why even I could make a world better than this one!”
And then the young man heard a voice in the silence of that dusty chapel that made his eyes open wide and his jaw drop. “And that is exactly what I want you to do.”
It’s easy to identify problems that exist all around us. And sometimes we wonder why God doesn’t solve then all for us. But that’s why God created the church. That’s why God put you here, at this particular time and place. He has gifted you and given you the power to make a difference in the world.
God has commissioned the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus in a broken world. That’s why we are called “the body of Christ.” Will you do your part?