Christians, This is Our Rally Cry!

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Sometimes we need a little inspiration. As Christians, it is often easy to find ourselves slipping into complacency in our lives. We seek out comfort in the day-to-day operations as we live out our time here on Earth. We go to work every day, we come home to dinner every day, and slip into a state of ease that takes effort to leave. But why would we want to leave? We are comfortable, and we don’t have to exert any effort to live within those means.

We are called to do more than that though. We can often times get down on ourselves and think little of our worth in the world, but God tells us differently. We were created by God to fulfill a purpose (Jeremiah 29:11). Each and every one of us has a unique worth in God’s grand plan. The talents that you have are not an accident or coincidence. They were instilled in you (through initial design or through what you learn in life) to be used to glorify your Creator. Whether you pastor, lead worship, give time to charity, or whatever it is you do, your talents were given to you to fulfill a purpose. 1 Peter 4:9-10 says, “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” This verse is not talking solely about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, but of inherent talents you have as well.

Take the time to consult with God on your path to use your talents. If you are unsure whether or not you are on the right path, pray, meditate on His Word, and listen. He will help you to know what your calling is. It can be something as grand as being a rock star, or something as simple as talking with a hurting friend and sharing the Gospel with them. Do not let your perception of the size of the act effect your willingness to take action. You never know how many lives will be touched by your single act of obedience. There can be witnesses to your act, or the person that you reach could reach multitudes of other people. Everyone who has reached millions had to first be reached themselves. Ask God to light an unceasing fire in your heart to follow Him and do His will.

There are other things we are called to do, too. This world is plagued with evils, and God is calling His people to end them! How is someone that doesn’t know God’s Word going to right the wrongs that are specified in the Bible? We have to do that part. If we stand back and watch evil, it will only breed more evil and go without justice. We can stand on the authority of the Law Maker of the world when we speak against evil. He is our strength and our shield (Psalm 28:7). When we stand up to injustice, God has our back.

There are also people out there that God desperately wants to reach, and He wants to use us to do it! It is scary, and Satan reminds us of our every failure to instill that fear so we don’t reach others for Christ. We can’t let that stop us though, or we are letting Satan win. Have confidence in the path that God has placed you on, and stand firm in your convictions to use your talents for Him. You are not defined by your failures because Christ took those away. Your identity is offered to you by God’s grace. You are worth more than what you have done! You are a child of the mighty God in Heaven that created the Universe and everything in it!

If you are inspired into action for God, you can read this statement as a proclamation of action:

I am a son/daughter of the One True God! I was chosen before the dawn of time to fulfill God’s purpose. I will not sit idly by in the face of evil, but face it head-on with God’s Word as my sword and shield. I will not stand back and watch as others perish, but approach them with the strength and courage instilled by God with compassion, love, and grace. I won’t let my past failures deter me from following God’s plan for my life. My worth is written and underlined by God alone. The time has come for me to act, and I intend to do just that.

It is time, fellow Christians. When we reach out of our comfort zones, God shows up. This message was made to inspire and challenge. So let’s get up, go out, and change this world!

Shawn Bain

Shawn is the Vice President of Geeks Under Grace and director of marketing. He has played video games since he was 2 years old and has immersed himself deep within the geek culture. Writing short stories and releasing them for free to the public began his writing journey, and now he uses what he has learned along the way to help Christians benefit from geek culture. Out of his desire to serve Christ, he also founded DUDEronomy and continues to write short stories that entertain and give perspective into the life of a Christian. Shawn's hope is that his life would exemplify a follower of Christ and lead people to accept salvation through His grace. He wants to be a good father, husband, son, and friend to those around him.

2 Comments

  1. Rob M. on October 8, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Just some thoughts:

    So would you say that we GuG writers are contributing our talents to God by writing for the site?

    As Christian “geeks”, how do we balance our hobbies with the lives God expects us to live? For example, the time we spend playing a video game could always (arguably) be used to do good for someone else (unless you only game late at night, at which point some could argue that you’d be better served sleeping to serve more the next day).

    Finally, in regards to the “size” of the purpose, I mused on that once myself. Obviously we can’t all have some giant purpose. Your purpose may be to evangelize and lead millions of souls to Christ. My purpose might simply be to eat at the same restaurant with you one night so that, when you choke, I can give you the Heimlich and save your life, thus enabling you to live and accomplish your grand purpose. One purpose is big and shiny. The other is tiny. But the big and shiny couldn’t happen without the tiny. So basically, whatever our purpose may be, it serves a point, and we should be content with that. Much easier said than done, of course.

    • Shawn Bain on October 8, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      Rob, thanks for reading!

      I would say that GuG writers are contributing our talents to God. Even when you aren’t writing a particularly “Christian” article, your article may draw someone in that reads a “Christian” article. We couldn’t be a geek site without geek articles and we then wouldn’t appeal to people in geek culture that need to hear the Christian messages on the site. Whether or not that is the calling God has for you will have to be communicated to you through prayer. I do think God guides things to put people where He wants them.

      Again, your purpose is defined by God, and I would suggest seeking God for direction. While one of your many purposes may be to save a choking victim, the entirety of your worth will not be wrapped up in one event. We should definitely be content in whatever our purpose may be, but not using our God-given talents to honor Him, is most certainly not one of those things.

      As to hobbies, a major theme that is often over-looked in the Bible is rest. God tells us many times, in His Word, to rest. Whether that be playing games, collecting, or cosplaying, I don’t think God cares how we use our recreational time. We have to recharge to be fully effective in what we do for Him. I don’t think He would have created all of the beautiful things in the world if He did not intend for us to enjoy them. We have to find a balance in serving and playing though.

      I also think your article on the collecting Christian addresses the balancing of hobbies with action well. If anyone wants to read up on that, you can go here:

      https://geeksundergrace.com/christian-living/the-collecting-christian-part-i-idolatry/

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