What do you do with the “stuff” you see?
Here’s some of the options. We can:
- Point it out and whine about it. (Often times disguising it as discernment when it is really just flat out obvious.)
- Worry about whether or not whether we are supposed to get involved.
- Pray and ask God why we saw it and what we are supposed to do.
Recently I was thinking about a certain ministry and some concerns I had about where I could see it going. I was complaining in my heart, feeling that it was a shame they were not on a better track and more able to serve the people they were called to minister to. I felt like God caught me up short and asked if I was going to complain or contend for them.
I looked up the word contend and this is what I found:
– struggle to surmount (a difficulty or danger)
– engage in a competition or campaign in order to win or achieve (something)
synonyms: cope with, face, grapple with, deal with, take on, pit oneself against
This is powerful medicine. What God had asked me to do was no small thing!
It can feel so godly just to see things that are not right, but there is no real spirituality in that. Even the devil sees things that are not right, in fact I would imagine he is pretty proud about them. Recognition is only the first step. In order for there to be real change there must be ownership and action associated with the recognition.
When we see something, the right thing to do is to talk to God about it. Ask Him what we are supposed to do with what we see. Sometimes we are supposed to get involved and communicate something to someone or make a change ourselves. Sometimes we are supposed to keep it to ourselves and pray it through to change.
Hebrews 11:13-16 talks about great people who “…died in faith. They did not get the things that God promised his people, but they saw them coming far in the future and were glad. They said they were like visitors and strangers on earth. When people say such things, they show they are looking for a country that will be their own. If they had been thinking about the country they had left, they could have gone back. But they were waiting for a better country—a heavenly country….”
They saw stuff that wasn’t right but focused instead on what could be! They were contending for a better world.
I took the challenge God gave me that morning. I am swapping out my complaints for contending for what is right!
What might you be complaining or worrying about that you could be contending for?