There are times when the Devil starts to convince me the world isn’t so bad. After all, I have a great family, great friends, cool job, a wonderful church … nah. It’s not so bad. Might as well get comfortable, maybe let my guard down … yeah. It’s not so bad.
That’s a lie. The world is full of what happened today in Manchester, England. This is all the world knows, all it barters in. Pain. Suffering. Sadness. Disbelief.
We, as Christians, know that we do not belong here. But as Paul tells us so eloquently, we have an incredible mission to complete while we’re here:
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. -Philippians 1:21
We should shed tears over what happened today. A broken world is worthy of such anguish. But, perhaps even more importantly, we should be galvanized to finish the mission set out for us.
The world needs to know about Jesus Christ. That task falls on our shoulders, to tell family members, friends, coworkers, strangers and even the people sworn to oppose His name.
This I know: The Gospel is forever powerful and effective.