In 2000, government leaders all over the world met to discuss issues that pertain to the welfare of the human family and the terrestrial boundaries of our existence. This largest gathering of world leaders in history adopted the UN Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets, with a deadline of 2015.
In another summit of world leaders about two months ago, another set of Global goals were declared and a 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with vision for a better world was adopted. The agenda is composed of 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years.
Great news! Applaudable goals!! That our leaders realize that our world needs to be better is a good thing. That all the world leaders want to come together to achieve this great task is another great thing.
Much said, I would like to establish another truth the understanding of which is important to achieving the ultimate goals of the world getting better. It is true that the world is a global community whose development must be global to be uniform and exciting for all. However,there cannot be any lasting betterment of world outside the global plans our Creator has for the universe. What the world needs is beyond some fanciful set of goals built on the strength of her unity. What the world needs is the reigning of God’s Kingdom supremely in every facets of the human life.
God has a plan for the universe and it is definitely a plan to make the world a better place. Jesus prayed that the Will of the Father should be done on earth as it is in heaven. It is my understanding that Heaven is so much of the excellent place that it is because of the doing of God’s will and the pursuit of His purposes alone. This is the most important secret to our world getting better- our understanding and pursuit of God’s will.
God’s purpose for each of us is spiritual. It definitely is not religious. God’s plan covers issues as examined in these world summits. God wants to tackle spiritual apathy, poverty, inequality, climate change and all the problems that challenge humanity.
This is a worthy saying, God has a plan for humanity and the world in which we are habited. Each of us has a role in that plan. The key to making the world a better place is in the individual and communal discovery and pursuit of God’s purposes.