When a water crisis struck a critical need in Jackson, Mississippi, and when storms swept through Florida and Guam, and other weather related emergencies inundated Denver, we worked. And, that service to others, alongside others, means all the difference in mission and motivation for Bible-believing Christians like you and me.
Strapping on and strapping in–as a Christian during this topsy-turvey time–requires preparation. We’re called to navigate around wars and rumors of wars, the nations rising against nation, people experiencing natural disasters in the most unlikely places, and at an alarming rates. It demands adaptability and expertise, as we learned when the coronavirus wreaked havoc around the world. So, in the lament surrounding ebbing church memberships, and the good old days, perhaps now is a time to examine how we can be the light for a dark and distressed world. And, how the church can truly meet the people where they are.
Perhaps local churches might add service opportunities to their offering, not eliminating the template we’ve used successfully for many years, but as an option that speaks differently in its results, and gives them an opportunity to glorify God through their service.
Remember the story of John. While on the Island of Patmos, he could have fallen into a state of discouragement and despair, self-pity and sadness, given his circumstances. Instead of Patmos being a place of exile, Patmos became a point of spiritual connection and communion with God. It was here in the midst of chaos and hardship that John received revelation from God, a vision of Jesus, and a glimpse of his eternal future (Revelation 1:9).
Instead of existing in a state of unrest, which his situation would have encouraged, John chose to “be still and know (Psalm 46:10).” He understood that his rest and continued focus on his mission wasn’t based on his environment, his feelings, or the actions of others. Instead, he understood that being the light could only happen by dwelling in the light and presence of God.
What a lesson for us today. Though the world seems dark, uncertain, and downright scary, we’re called to be like John. We’re called to be the light, fulfilling our mission to serve communities in Christs’ name.
So, when you get discouraged, recount the promises of God. Looks to God’s Word for guidance, trusting that as He’s blessed us in the past, He will continue to bless and keep us today and forevermore.
God’s Promises for those who serve
• And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8).
• In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).
• And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased (Hebrews 13:16).