Well that is a brilliant thing, because so does God. In fact, I think that might be THE thing that God wants to do. Well, less simply to just save the world and more to renew and restore the world and everyone and everything in it, in order that we can be in relationship with him for the rest of eternity.
Same difference, eh?
But even that notion, that the world “needs saving”, should tell us that there is something wrong (a lot of things?). You only need to save someone or something who is in trouble right? Superman only saved Lois when she was being dropped off a building.
But, let’s face it, the world really does need saving.
There is something in us that tells us that everything is not as it should be. I quite often look around me and think that. Wherever it might be
– in my own life, or the lives of others. Maybe it’s on the news, with story after story of the most horrific brutality in Syria or of child-abuse scandals or corruption at the highest levels. Maybe it’s a broken friendship that you aren’t really sure how (or brave enough?) to fix? Maybe it’s your own internal struggle with depression or eating disorders?
(The original and best Superman…)
Wherever it is, we can each of us look around and see and taste and touch this brokenness, this disorder, the mess. That is the easy bit.
But what about the other side? The good stuff?
Because, right in the midst of so much suffering there is still beauty and light and hope…there is life.
I don’t know if you’ve ever seen it, but there is a brilliant movement called Guerrilla Gardening which aims to recover parts of cities the world over that have been left derelict and abandoned. The gardeners turn over the ground, plant seeds or full-blown flowers and pop back to tend the planting occasionally. It’s such a brilliant idea – reclaiming lost ground with beauty.
Sounds quite a lot like what we’re meant to do.
To bring life where there isn’t any.
To save that which seems lost.
And people. Especially people.
Maybe that’s what Jesus meant when he said we were to love our neighbour as we love ourselves. As we come more alive in Jesus – as we find that “life in all its fullness” that he promises – we pass that life on to others.
We see the potential for fullness and then we aim to help bring that life. In our friends and family and school and offices. In war zones and townships and brothels. Look into people’s eyes and see their God-given value and worth and then offer a hand towards fullness of life.
And maybe that’s the most important thing in aiming to save the world; we try to tip the balance towards goodness and life, in a world where suffering and pain coexist with beauty and love.
Start looking past the mess and brokenness and see what could be.
Then help bring it to life.