The bottom line is that the Christian has a calling and a responsibility to think, work, and live in terms of how the world ought to be in contrast to reacting to how it really is. Christians who engage the worldlike the many stories I’ve shared and the many more I could haveare consumed by this “way things ought to be” mind-set. They eat, drink, and breathe restoration. They see injustice and fight it. When confronted with evil they turn it for good. They are motivated to bring the love of Christ into every broken system they encounter. Instead of being cynical and hopeless, they bring optimism and expectation. For them, the entire world has been flipped on its head. Their focus has moved from self to others; from problems to solutions; from failure to redemption; from brokenness to restoration. They recognize the broken, weak, fallen, and corrupt but can’t leave them in that conditionthey are moved to change things. The next Christians are offering a new way forwarda way to act, live, and bring others along with them into the new reality of how things ought to be.
Excerpted from The Next Christians by Gabe Lyons
What action can you take in order to begin to live according to the way things ought to be?