Christ is Rare
At any given time or place, we can expect most people are headed toward destruction. This is true in our families, our workplaces, and our churches. Like the other effects of original sin, humanity’s tendency to act against its longterm self-interest is empiracally verifiable. Cooperation with grace is rare. Communion with Christ is rare. Our Lord Jesus Christ testifies to this sad situation.
Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few (Mt. 7:13-14 RSVCE).
Therefore, we must stop complaining that everyone around us is doing poorly. It is up to us to choose a different path, a harder path. If we take our behavioral cues from friends or church leaders rather than from God, we will never attain Christian wholeness. It should not scandalize us when others fail. It should surprise us when we succeed, and we should give thanks to God for our success.
Make Christ Known
Beauty is precious because it is rare. Because beauty is rare, everyone knows about it and seeks it. The same is true of God, of Jesus Christ. “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough” (Gal 5:9 NIV). This is true of false teaching, but even more so of true teaching. The things that truly matter in life are uncommon, but they impact the whole.
Stop waiting for the perfect family, mentor, or companion.
Be the perfect family, mentor, or companion.
Cooperating with God to unleash the power of goodness in your heart is the key to healing the wounds and fixing the problems you see in others. Gossip, combativeness, despair, resentment, and revenge cannot make right what is wrong. These things are common, and no one desires them. Offer people something rare instead.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven (Mt. 5:14-16 RSVCE).