I will be the first to admit I get caught up in things political. Probably too much so. While I believe we as believers have a responsibility to engage in the politics of our country, we have a greater responsibility to further the Gospel of Jesus as citizens of His Kingdom.
A devotion from Worthy Brief reminded me of this:
Many are discouraged with the election results in the United States, others, perhaps are elated. Most Christians and Messianic believers do not see the nation choosing Biblical values with the continuation of the present administration, and are deeply concerned about the direction America is heading.
It is our view that the Scriptures do not hold out a political hope for mankind in this age, but that the political scene will be increasingly consolidated by evil powers, moving toward a system overseen by an anti-messiah; [Rev. 13]. And since Yeshua’s (Jesus’) great commission to us was directed primarily at individuals when He said to go make disciples of all the nations, we will continue to focus on the individual lives which we can help to save, bless, encourage, and disciple.
We are not losing the battle. The gates of Hell will not prevail against the Lord’s building of His Body, and His kingdom will come, as millions have prayed, when He, the King, returns here to set it up. [see Acts 1:6-7, Revelation 11:15] In this light, let me remind you of a popular story that offers a profound but simple encouraging message:
A young man once went to the beach. There, he saw miles and miles of starfish washed up on the sand. “If these starfish stay out here during the heat of the day,” he thought, “they’ll die.” So he began picking up one starfish at a time as he walked, and threw them one by one back into the ocean.
An elderly man also walking along the shore approached him and said, “Do you mind if I ask young man, what are you doing?” “I’m throwing these poor starfish back into the ocean so they don’t die in the hot sun,” the youth replied. “But what difference can you really make,” said the old man, “Look at this beach — there are thousands, maybe millions, of starfish here!”
The young man smiled as he threw yet another starfish into the sea. “Well — it made a difference to that one!”
It is faithfulness in the little things that the Lord rewards mightily! Every individual human being is precious and inestimably valuable to God. It is no waste of time to address the spiritual, emotional, or physical needs of any of the millions of individuals who suffer in one way or another.
So keep “walking the beach and rescuing starfish”, being faithful in small things.
One at a time.