It’s easy to throw in the towel (but don’t)

Have you noticed? The world is troubled.

There are political tensions, there is a lot of anxiety, and depression is increasing. Plus, many people suffer from a ‘crisis of purpose’ and whether or not there is any greater meaning to their lives.

Because of all that it’s easy to just throw in the towel—to just focus on our own little bubble, our own personal health and happiness and say ‘Who cares!’ to the challenges of our troubled world.

But one of the central meanings of the Christmas story is that God hasn’t given up on the world. Instead of running away from the wreckage he runs toward it on a rescue mission.

John 1:14 (NIV) says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” That means that God’s very mind, self and message took on human form in Jesus Christ. That is an incredibly powerful indication that our world and lives have worth and value, and that our world and lives are worth redeeming and fighting for.

So since God hasn’t given up on the world, neither should we.

As you start to think about your next 12 months, resist the allure of apathy. Instead, ask yourself, how am I going to serve and help others in a significant way?

It’s tempting to just focus on our own little bubbles, our own personal health and happiness and say ‘Who cares!’ to the challenges of our troubled world.

But when you go out of your way to serve and help others you are committing yourself to the healing work of Bethlehem’s Child.

Christmas didn’t just happen, it happens.

Since God hasn’t given up on the world, neither should we.

By Matthew Ruttan

  • Today’s “Up!” is based on my 14-minute Christmas Eve message at Westminster called “Since God hasn’t given up on the world.” You can listen in here. Enjoy!

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