I write this because the world is bad. There is too much evil in the world. And it seems I don’t care enough, or maybe I take it as something that gets more and more quotidian and eventually gets “the usual”. More serious things happen increasingly, and it’s less the impression they have due to the frequency of occurrences. Maybe unconsciously my attitude is indifference, perhaps the maximum I do is to get sad and pray. But a prayer doesn’t have to be limited to words and closed eyes only, begging for the victims’ family and that’s it. A prayer doesn’t have to be limited to that.

All of us should know exactly what is happening, we cannot be conformed by saying: “oh, what will become of us?”, or “The world is getting worse”, maybe we say: “oh, I miss the old times, there were still innocence”. I must realize the world is changing and I am not doing enough actions. This world that is “getting worse” is where our children will live as adults, they will have their children, our grant-children, in that “worse world”. I must not be indifferent and pray only while I am not the victim. I can not just feel sorry for the victims and pray for their souls. I am not saying that’s wrong, I am saying it’s not enough, mainly because as I have said, I know exactly what’s happening and why.

If it’s not clear yet, here is the reason: People who do evil out of control, without measure and without apparent consciousness, do it because they don’t know God [1]. Maybe they haven’t seen God’s mercy in their life, perhaps they have ignored him to a point where they see him as a mean to “Control the masses”, maybe they really ignore the message God wants to deliver, even it could be the case where they could say they know him, but it’s evident that’s not true [2]. Surely we know someone who fits on one of those cases, or a similar one, whether it’s a coworker, relative, friend, etc.

Anyway, the main reason is they don’t know God, and here is what is stronger: This is my fault, that’s my responsibility. Because I know God, I know his commands, his love, his mercy, his miracles, his Glory have been manifested in my life. I know his promises and the way he acts, I know his forgiveness and his expectations [3]. But my family don’t, my neighbors don’t, most of my friends don’t, and many other people I know don’t either. And I am aware of it, but I know too that I am not doing enough to get them know God. I feel my effort is little, that I don’t have that urgency needed to get God known in the way I know him, to save souls, all the souls in the world. I have to change that, I have to use all my efforts, all my strength, all my talents, all the trust people close to me have in me, all my means to spend up to the last second I live to make sure I have fulfilled my mission as watchman [4] and to know the world is changing, but now for good, to be like the peasant who sows the seed [5].

I know it won’t be an immediate solution, but it’s better to take action, all little people acts can change the world in its totality. I know I cannot do it by myself, but if everyone who knows God meet his expectations, we’ll definitely accelerate the process to get a better world, instead of worse. Maybe we wouldn’t be here to enjoy that change, but God has given us life for a reason [6]. I don’t want to reach the end of my life and to be in the final judge with God in front of me having an uneasy conscience and all the weight of the souls that didn’t know God because of me, since they were so close to me, and maybe I was the only resource to get them know God.

I know there is no excuse, because God has given me everything, I lack nothing, I have a shelter where to protect from the weather, I have clothes to wear, I have talents, I have health, I have food and I am not hungry, but the main things I have from him are: his love, the knowledge of his promises, his forgiveness, which has given to me by the death and resurrection of his son Jesus. And if I have all this, the minimum I should do to express my love is obedience, in gratitude and correspondence. I don’t have to contradict him. I have to listen to him, he clearly says what to do and what he expects from me [5].

Obey him: He doesn’t say: “You can understand it first, and if so, then obey.”. He wants my absolute and total obedience, he doesn’t want my understanding. It can not be an excuse the fact that if I don’t understand it I won’t do it [7, 8, 9, 10].

Set an example [11]. Jesus didn’t die only for me, he died for all of us, all of us are children of God, and he want us to be with him in his glory, in the heaven and spending eternity with him [7]. I cannot be conformed with having all that only for me and “my family”. “My family” is not only my wife and my daughters, every human being is my brother or sister.

I have to be motivated by the love I feel for him, the love I must feel for my brothers and sisters, regardless if they know God or not. He has entrusted me part of his flock, I don’t have to ask anymore: “Why the world is bad?”, “Why there is evil in the world?”, “What will become of us?”, “What’s the future for my daughters?”. I must change all that for this: “The world is changing for good”, “I’ll work without rest, with gratitude and humility, until the day where everyone can know God”, “My daughters’ future and the world’s future depends on my today’s actions.”

No act for good can be considered small. It’s worse to be indifferent and do nothing, thinking that pray, feel sorry for the victims and take care of “my family” is enough. I don’t have to be limited to that.

I don’t have to wait to be victim in order to take action, that cannot be my motivation, if so, I could wait a lifetime, and then, when it finally happened, maybe I wouldn’t have strength, health, economic resources, all the means, time, freedom, life, persuasiveness, the trust people close to me have in me and I would have only the intention to do something, and with the sorrow of living with impotence and repentance of not having done it before, living afflicted for having been blind and wishing that someone else could do what I couldn’t do. But my tears would be useless now, my shame might not be a pretext, my unhealed pain couldn’t be a reason for forgiveness, my solitary intention wouldn’t lighten my consciousness and I would be like that one who buried in the ground what was given so confidently [12].

There are already evil victims, it doesn’t matter if I know them or not, all of us are brothers and sisters, and if they cry and suffer, I should do it too. I don’t have to wait to be called “evangelizer”, “leader”, “pastor”, “prophet”, “apostle”, because the “title” does not make the person, the person makes the title. We are what we do, we don’t do what we are. I want to be a good and devoted servant of God, obedient, I want to set an example, I want to be a changing agent, a multiplier, a seed that gives a hundredfold. I want to commit to change the world, to overcome any obstacle that impedes me to act for good and against evil. I want everybody to know God, because it would be a totally different world if all of us knew God, if all of us put our trust in him not only when we are struggling with an adverse situation, but always [13].

I know that world exists, where all of us are crying with happiness, where all of us know God exists and is our shepherd, where all of trust is put in him, where we help one another and where the biggest ambition is the well-being of others. I know that world surpasses the time and space barriers, the bad human heart, evil by nature like clouds carried by the wind, like sheep without shepherd. But I also know that I have to act in order to make that world real.

That world would be as I want it to be, I cannot change the past, I cannot change the present, but I can change the future.

What does God say?

1. 1 John 5:18-19

18 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. 19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

2. Matthew 7:21-23

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

3. Genesis 12:2-3

2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.[a] 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”[b]

4. Ezekiel 33:1-9

The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, 3 and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, 4 then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head. 5 Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.’

7 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for[a] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 9 But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sin, though you yourself will be saved.

5. Matthew 28:16-20

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

6. Matthew 5:13-16

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

7. 1 Samuel 15:22

But Samuel replied:

“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

8. Ephesians 5:15-17

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

9. Psalms 119:11

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

10. Acts 5:29

Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!

11. Philippians 2:8

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

12. Matthew 25:14-30

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

13. Matthew 7:21-23

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

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