Over the past couple weeks I have been reminded of the dangers of hoping for a ”quick fix” or “instant change” A sort of wish to take a pill that will make this or that happen with none of the work. It this sort of hope that often times leads to disappointment.
Now, I don’t speak of healing, or rule out the overwhelming and powerful nature of Christ to change someone or something instantly. But what I speak of is the idea of wanting something that requires work, discipline, and yes even patience but being unwilling to put in that effort.
It’s this desire or this “lottery syndrome” that people can get lost in, depressed in, always wishing that things would change but never taking steps toward that wish, that hope. We (the united states) are a people of entitlement, that feel we are owed everything, and we are trained through entertainment that everyone gets their big break, even when they do nothing to get it. We, as a whole, have seemingly lost our drive to pursue the desires of our heart with action. Rather we might talk about them day in and day out as if just by talking about them enough they might actually manifest.
This is even seen in our Churches as reaching people, or changing a community, or even simply praying daily as a body is “preached and received” but then no action is taken with it. Once again the practice of hoping ones city will be forever changed, but being unwilling to put yourself on the line and reach out to anybody rears it’s ugly head. Such a faith will not change a city. Let’s take a quick look at what the book of James says…
”What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” James 2:14-17
So, you want to see a city changed? Go reach out to it. You want to see the homeless helped? Go help them. You want to change your career path, maybe work for yourself? Go take the first steps necessary to make that happen. You want to get healthy, lose some weight? Get some exercise and eat better. You want to pursue your art? Do it everyday. You want to see people come to know Christ? Get over yourself and share His name, what He did, and what He can do!
Take action. Reject the “quick fix”. Push forward in Faith and Works. And start to live the life you want to live.