The intensity of emotion has been overwhelming these past few weeks. Witnessing people be so moved by the Holy Spirit into taking action... committing... going.... serving.
Every single person who has stepped forward has asked themselves "What can I do? What do I have to offer? Am I wanting more?” That's a question that's been answered already at the moment you confessed Christ as Lord. You are instantly transformed. You realize what mattered before no longer matters. You now want to serve our eternal God and be faithful to His commands. Your eyes suddenly become clear, as if you wiped away the film from your lenses and someone turned on the light. (see Eph. 5:8-14)
We become ready and expectant.
"He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of miry clay and set my feet upon rock and established my steps." - Psalm 40:2
Now you can say, "Yes! That is exactly what it felt like." But now that you have been walking with the Lord for a long time now, what then? Guess what...that fire within us never dies, because our God never dies. He is eternal and within us, "that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith". (Eph. 3:17) We get so distracted when 'life happens' that we forget to keep our eyes on the big picture. Jesus.
People around the world are suffering, being persecuted, being torn away from their homes and loved ones, and even killed. It is mass chaos. We are witnessing the Bible play out right in front of our eyes. It is precisely at this time that we use our divine privilege as ambassadors of God to spread His love, grace, mercy, and Word to all who do not know Him. We must continue to band together as believers in Christ and not allow anything to penetrate our line of defense because it is in these precise moments that we are instantly hit with a horrific blow… FEAR.
Brothers and sisters, God has not given us a spirit of fear. (2 Tim 1:7) That is not of our God. He is love. We must rest our minds and hearts that our God is sovereign. He's got this! The same God that breathed life into our existence, made the moon and the sun, the vastness of the universe, to the smallest creature on this earth, is much bigger than anything we can imagine. We must marvel at His power, faithfulness, and goodness.
"Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” - Deuteronomy 31:16
We must do our part. We must put on our armor (see Eph. 6:10-20) everyday and mobilize. When we see something horrible happen in our community and around the world, we must not stand back in fear. Rather, we must move forward, in faith, and do something....anything. Whether it is to go to your neighbor who is alone and bring over a hot cup of coffee or perform a kind gesture. Or go to a local school or hospital and give your gift of time with people who need it. Or possibly your call is to travel and become a missionary in a poor country where they feel forgotten.
Never feel that you do not have anything to offer because we all have something to give to someone who doesn't have. And let us not forget to pray. As we know, it is our direct line to the Father. Now I challenge you. Stop and pray for a call to action. How can you be a disciple for God? Remember, as events in our community and around the world are in chaos. Stop, pray, and then go!