Several years ago while watching an eye-opening documentary on human trafficking, my heart was gripped, and I felt compelled to do something. But as I sat there considering the scope of the crisis, millions in slavery, I gave up before I even began. Maybe you can relate.
This post however, seeks to help you understand how you, as a believer, are uniquely positioned to help people. Lots of people.
It’s part of a series regarding how we can prepare for Planned Parenthood losing federal funding, and I don’t know the precise scale, tens of thousands of women and men suddenly looking for options—perhaps hundreds of thousands?—but it could easily feel like another massive problem, too large to even consider. The sheer magnitude of it could overwhelm me and cause me to bail.
Why? Because my tendency is to look to myself as a total solution.
But, I am not the savior, and you are not the savior. Jesus is.
Our hope is in Christ! Jesus has ushered in His Kingdom with His first coming, and we eagerly await its full realization at His second. Today, we see in part, we know in part, and we play a part—for God has chosen us to represent Him to the world.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
— Jesus, Matthew 5:14-16
You are a valuable and important member of the family of God. The Apostle Paul said that God has created you for good works that He has prepared for you.
God’s heart aches as He looks on the brokenness in our world, and His plan is to use us. Don’t be overwhelmed, the call isn’t on you alone. The question isn’t, “How are you going to solve all the world’s problems?” The question is, “What is your role in what God is doing?”
The Apostle Paul used the human body as a metaphor for the people of God a couple of times in scripture. Just like your body has many members with different roles (e.g., eyes, hands, etc.) so the church has many members with different roles.
When a member isn’t walking in their God-ordained role, the body suffers.
None of us as individuals are the entire solution, but each of us are part of the solution. And He is with us always, to empower and equip.
You, Christian, have a part to play; God wants to use you.
So as we continue our conversation about loving and serving those looking for support after the defunding of Planned Parenthood, my question to you is this: what’s your part?
I know you can’t be there for every person, but you can be part of the solution. You are unique and a gift to the body of Christ. I don’t know your role, but here are some thoughts that will help.
- Be active with your local church. A friend of mine said, “It is communities that change communities – not nonprofits, not government agencies, not institutions.” As children of God we are called to walk in unity, and this begins with a local fellowship of believers. Leadership, fellowship, and opportunities to express God’s love are found in a healthy local church. I know finding a healthy church can be difficult, but keep looking; it’s worth it!
- Live sacrificially. If your service isn’t inconvenient, God has more for you. If giving doesn’t hurt, keep giving more. Jesus described following Him as taking up a cross. Yes, we all fall short and are weak in ourselves, so look to the Lord for grace. As the Lord said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
- Be part of a culture that values life. Encourage parents and serve children. Everyone is special because they are created in God’s image and loved by Him. Ultimately, supporting those facing pregnancy decisions is about valuing life through relationship.
- Get involved with your local PRC. These organizations are on the front lines of serving and supporting those facing pregnancy decisions and related issues. Find one in your area here. If your area isn’t on our list of affiliates, find one in your area and ask how you can help. You just might be the answer to someone’s prayer when you show up!
- Pray for God to use you, guide you, and give you wisdom. When God was calling Moses to lead the Children of Israel, Moses wanted to know how he could demonstrate that God had really called him. So God said, “What is that in your hand?” Moses had a rod, a staff, and God used that to demonstrate His power.
What do you have? God will use it for His glory. My confidence is that as we yield ourselves to the Lord, He will lead into the role He has for each of us.