I have a question that I want to ask you today. It’s a question that I’ve pondered for years, but didn’t know the answer. Much like many of you, I’ve spent my life watching the horrifying things that go on in the world – via the television or internet of course. I haven’t experienced first-hand what it must feel like to have been born a female in Sudan, to live in a state of constant war in the Middle East, to be part of a culture where sexual and physical abuse to women is “normal” and allowed, to be denied opportunity and rights, to be homeless or incapable of finding gainful employment. I’ve never had my home destroyed by a tsunami or earthquake. I’ve never had to worry about where my next meal would come from. I’ve never been the victim of sex slavery or been forced to do anything against my will.
I live in a neighborhood where some people never even lock their doors. I have freedom, equality, and the opportunity to do whatever my heart desires. I have a 3 bedroom home that I live in alone. I have hot running water, more food than I should eat, and the nerve to get annoyed when my electricity goes out. I don’t have to live in fear. I mean, the sun shines here even when it rains. The favor that is so graciously extended to me is beyond comprehension. The blessings I encounter every minute of every day are completely and totally unearned and undeserved. So my question to you today is why? Why me? Why was I given this life, this opportunity, this freedom, these blessings?
I know now that there is only one answer to that question – God’s grace. But God’s grace was given to me for a reason, for a purpose – so that I would use those blessings to bless others. How selfish would it be to receive like I do every day and to never give anything in return? Well “what does God want us to give?” you might ask. I’m certainly no theologian, but I think God wants us to give two things: love and life. Meaning that He wants us to love in a way that leads others to a life of salvation and therefore an eternal life with Him.
I think sometimes we feel like we don’t know how to give back or we fear people’s reaction to our offer of service or love. We focus on the big things sometimes too and forget that it’s the little things that can actually have the most impact. I truly believe that it doesn’t matter what we do. What matters is that we do it. Do whatever you can do for the Kingdom. Do whatever you can do to have an impact. It is our duty, our responsibility. We are the blessed few with an enormous responsibility on our shoulders. We have been given a mission, the Great Commission, and every blessing we receive is intended to enable us to fulfill it.
There is a “why?” And I wish I could articulate it better to you. But just know that we are here, living this incredible life for a very specific purpose that has nothing to do with us. We are the vessel, the instrument, the power and the Spirit of God lives within us. We are here to do great things.
For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more. Luke 12:48 NKJV