Things to remember before you try to change the world

Things to remember before you try to change the world.

God is not a Republican. He’s not a Democrat, a Libertarian or a member of the Green Party. God is neither far right nor far left. He is definitely not a moderate. God’s not even an American. God will not show you His papers. God is not a political platform, doctrinal diatribe, or denominational distinctive. God is God.

You are not God. You’ve never been God and you’ll never be God. You don’t have God’s perspective nor His patience. God is bigger than you. You are really small and God is really big. I cannot overstate how small you are in comparison to God. Try to imagine the difference, then multiply that by more than you can imagine. That would be the difference between your size and God’s size.

Your plans are person-size plans. People-size plans are very small. Even really good people-size plans are still limited by the size of people. Your plan is dust-size, mite-size in comparison to God.

You are the most dangerous person you will ever meet. You have the ability to ruin your life. The world is not your first problem. You are your biggest problem, you are your biggest dilemma, and you are the most important assignment of your life. If you don’t get this thing with you figured out, nothing else will matter.

Before you change the world, deal with the brokenness within you. If you don’t think you’re broken, then you are the worst kind of broken, the kind of broken that refuses to be fixed. People who refuse to admit to their brokenness have a habit of hurting the world. They tear others down to build themselves up, they waste decades trying to defeat the infidels while their closest relationships crumble.

Before you change the world, admit that you have always been a hypocrite. You are not consistent in your actions, your behavior is duplicitous. Your thoughts and inner motivations are frequently conflicted and even sometimes downright wicked. You are a hypocrite in need of grace. The world is destroyed by perpetually righteous men with perpetually righteous motivations. Don’t be that person! Don’t be the unyielding unrepentant fool. Be humble, admit to your hypocrisy, grow in your awareness of the grace in which you stand. Bring others into that grace. Before you change the world.


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One Response to Things to remember before you try to change the world

  1. Sabrina Woodard March 18, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    Amen, Pastor Doug. Just decided to read this. I did it, you were right, I could. =) Very good word, and very true… I find I am a self saboteur for the most part and am my own worst enemy. Until yesterday, I truly had some issues with letting God into my broken areas or even admitting those areas were broken to myself in the first place. I found release in letting them go at the alter yesterday, I found peace leaving them at the feet of Jesus and I found a whole new perspective on how God wants to move in those areas when I gave Him permission to search me and and find every area where i might be holding back something from Him and have the Holy Spirit bring it to mind. In all truth, I am whole in the mighty name of Jesus, but admittedly I am as broken, crushed and contrite as anyone could ever be. Thank you for this eye opening word, this confirmation, that even in my brokenness, God is still moving and working in and through me. ~Sabrina

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