That may seem a gloomy perspective on the human condition but it is true. And though it may seem gloomy it in fact opens up a great possibility for anyone who desires to have an impact in this world. If we wish to make a difference then the way to do it is to provide an answer for the fears and longings of people. 1 Peter 3:14-15 tells us the answer for fear is found in knowing that Jesus Christ is Lord over all. Peter then goes on to tell followers of Jesus, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” Hope. We have what the world needs. Romans 15:13 says, “may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust him.” We who follow Jesus have the peace, the hope, the joy the world is so anxious to have. All we need do is share it with them.
What is truest of believers in Jesus in every context is that we are priests. We have been given that which is most precious, most needed in this world, and our calling is share it with others. Fortunately we are not required to be “converters.” We can convert no one. Ephesians 2:1-6 says bringing someone to spiritual life in Christ is a miracle that only God can accomplish. I cannot make spiritually dead people come alive, nor can anyone else. The pressure is off. My calling isn’t to change people, it is simply to let them see the hope I have and explain where it comes from. Then I can trust God to use his truth in the lives of people.
I was watching a baseball game on television recently and I noticed a comment by one announcer. He was talking about a young player one team had just brought up to the Major Leagues. He said that this player had the potential to be “a game changer.” As an athletic wannabe I always wanted to be a game changer, but I never was. To my joy I now know that because of the hope that is in me through Christ I can be a game changer in a far more significant way. I can impact a person’s life both now and for eternity. And all I need to do is share with them the hope that I have. We can all do that, can’t we?