Have you ever wondered how you might become a mouthpiece for Truth and Justice? The idea can be intimidating, to say the least. I mean, how do I:
- know where to start?
- know what to say or do?
- conduct myself so that Christ is glorified?
Or maybe you’re not convinced that you need to be a mouthpiece for Truth and Justice. If that’s your starting point, perhaps you’d like to listen to this sermon from Pastor Bill on this very topic.
But let’s just say you believe that we should connect our faith to everyday life, and that the world needs to hear from the Christ in you. And let’s just say you’re not alone. With a powerful community and The Holy Spirit, you’re more than equipped to make a significant impact in the world. So let’s get started!
Step 1: Identify These 3 Things
Start with a period (or more) of prayerful observation on these three things:
ME: What is it that gets your attention, repeatedly? What issue frequently comes to the top of your mind? This is an area that goes deeper than a casual or passing interest, this is something that is stuck in your heart. Maybe its hungry kids… maybe it’s human trafficking… maybe it’s mentoring others. Take some time to identify what issue(s) are deep in your heart.
NEEDS: Take a look at the world around you. Or, more specifically, start local. Look at the needs of the world in the places where you have influence. Maybe it’s your family, your school, your gym, or your workplace. Rather than focusing on something far away where you have no influence, start by focusing in your own back yard.
RESOURCES: There’s no need to reinvent the wheel or try to do this on your own. What resources can you access? Are there people already engaged in dealing with the issue that’s deep in your heart? Are there organizations already at work in these areas that you can join? Are there funds, food, clothing, etc., that you can get to in order to directly address the issue(s) that God has placed on your heart? Don’t start from scratch if there’s a Smorgasbord already nearby!
Step 2: Do a Reality Check
This all sounds great, but here’s the reality: there are WAY MORE issues than I’m capable of dealing with. The needs of this world are huge and seem endless. Those needs will make you feel insignificant, or worse, incapable. And frankly, that’s accurate! There are more needs out there than you can handle. That’s part of the reality check.
In reality, this is probably a more accurate picture of what those spheres in Step 1 will look like. But don’t let that scare you off… we’re not done yet (and neither is Jesus)!
Step 3: Find Your Sweet Spot
The first step in finding your sweet spot is recognizing that you can’t do it all. Chances are, there will be more need and fewer resources than you need to combat the issue that God has placed on your heart.
But here’s the good news: you don’t have to do it all! For starters, there’s a world-wide family of believers that God is working through to address other needs with other resources. And secondly (but no less important), you’ve got The Holy Spirit to guide you as you find your sweet spot for becoming a mouthpiece of Truth and Justice.
For the sake of space and illustration, let’s make the 3 spheres the same size again.
Here’s the trick: look at where these three spheres overlap. That’s your sweet spot!
Where does your issue intersect with available resources and the needs of those around you? Remember, those resources might be people/organizations, or they may be more material things, but you’ve got to do the research to find what’s available.
Before you know it, you’ll find purpose and meaning. And if you let the Spirit lead you, you’ll probably see more doors begin to open as you find like-minded people who are trying to learn how best to be a mouthpiece of Truth and Justice in our community. Nothing is more energizing… and nothing is more needed in this broken world.
Never underestimate the impact you can have. Your sweet spot might seem small or it might seem overwhelming, but either way, if you’ve listened prayerfully, there will be a way.
It’s good to be the hands and feet of Christ in a needy world. But if we’re ever going to help people connect to The Truth as we serve them, sometimes we need to be a mouthpiece of Christ’s Truth as well.
So, what’s keeping you from adding your voice to the chorus?
– What are the issue(s) that God has placed on your heart?
– What resources (people and things) are available to help?
– Where do these intersect for you?
– What are the next step(s) you can take to become a mouthpiece of Truth and Justice
— in the next week?
— by the end of this month?
— by the end of this year?