Millions of people out of work; cries for justice ignored; people protesting, rioting, cities on fire; everything in turmoil—falling apart; and then on top of all the pain and suffering, COVID-19 is still with us—killing masses around the world. As I’m watching the evening news, I feel as though the world is imploding. Is there a word from the Lord?
As a matter of fact, there is; He’s speaking; but, are we listening and obeying?
If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turned from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:13-14).
A few months ago, when the churches first closed due to this virus, I posted a writing called: Evicted. In that piece, I stated we should use this time being quarantined to get closer to the Lord. In James 4:8 it says, draw near to God, and He’ll draw near to you.
Later I wrote: Christians Got Mail. I said if Christians are bored-stiff during this pandemic, apparently, they haven’t opened their mail and read their “To Do” list from heaven.
The time is NOW!
Those writings came from an urgent feeling I felt in the pit of my gut. I knew we, as believers, needed to make sure we were prepared spiritually for what was coming down the line. Having an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit was going to be imperative for the days looming ahead. I didn’t write those posts to frighten anyone; I didn’t know at the time what was on the horizon, but in my spirit—I could tell God was calling His Church for active duty.
Well, that time is now for the Body of Christ to stand and take her proper position. It’s time for the Church to lead the world; not so much with unconvincing words of religiosity, but with action. The world needs to see us addressing matters that impact their lives—like all the injustice taking place. When we put our partialities aside and let the Spirit reign, people will take notice.
The world will see God’s love, when we treat those in despair the way we would want to be treated if we walked in those same shoes. With a blink of the eye, life can flip things around; it’s called reap what you sow. Experience is a strict no-nonsense teacher.
We all go through times when we are abounding and times when we are abasing; God designed the world for us to help each other. Have you noticed, our tests in life are attached to mankind in some way or another? We have got to get this love your neighbor commandment right.
The world is imploding right before our eyes; not the time for the Church to be a silent spectator. She has everything she needs through Christ to illuminate His love during these unsettling times.
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