It’s amazing how many people are talking about how the world is getting worse.
The focus of the news is always on the negative: Egypt is crumbling into civil war, rising gasoline prices are putting pressure on people’s lives. Well, you know what the news is like.
We need to change our focus. We should start thinking about the kinds of things that are going right. Principally, we need to focus on how our lives can take a turn for the better.
The answer is simple. If we obey the gospel, our lives can get better. In Ephesians 2:11-12, the Apostle Paul asked the Ephesians to remember what they were without the salvation Christ provided. He wrote, “Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands– remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.”
This was a picture of people without Christ. They were lost and had no direction. BUT, look at the picture Paul painted of them after they obeyed the gospel. He wrote, “But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace,” (Ephesians 2:13-15 NASB).
Now, the focus for the Ephesians had changed. They were without Christ. That changed. They had no hope. In Christ, hope existed. There was no peace, but Christ brought peace by reconciling people to their God by the blood shed on the cross.
When a person obeys the gospel, things can change for the better. In fact, the only way people can change, or for that matter the only way the world will change, is by obeying the gospel of Jesus Christ.