It's Time To Show Up
Okay Christians, it’s time we show up. The entire world is facing the same trial right now, it is ripe with fear and asking the questions it normally wouldn’t. They’re looking for answers, looking for purpose, looking for security, and this is the moment we’ve been waiting for.
But how and where do believers show up?? Here are 3 ways:
1. Show up in the hearts and minds
The world is at war; an ideological war. Ideology is defined as “a system of ideas and ideals, especially one which forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy.” Our ideologically advanced culture here in America would like you to believe it has matured to the point of acceptance of any ideology and that acceptance of anyone’s perspective on truth has now become of greater importance than actual pursuit of absolute truth. Interestingly enough, it seems Christian beliefs, which claim a foundation of absolute truth, have been marginalized or thought primitive. Now faced with impending catastrophe on all fronts, death, restricted freedoms and loss, the world looks for answers where it wouldn’t have before. When Christians slink back into comfortable shadows or cozy homes, we aren’t there to answer the questions everyone is finally asking. As ambassadors of Christ, our voice needs to be heard because people are finally listening.
My recent podcast with Anastasia Jones was uplifting and encouraging on many fronts, but one thing that sticks out to me right now is her word for the year: Ignite. She received this word from the Lord in December 2019 as her word for 2020, little did she know what this word might actually mean. She fixated on the image of a match being struck. In order for it to illuminate, it had to endure a moment of intense friction, creating the spark needed for light. None of us planned to let this virus infiltrate our lives as much as it has, but here we are and we can choose to cower and retreat or show up. This is the friction we are meant to endure as a church, but it’s creating a spark and fire is coming.
2. Show up physically
Do you know when Christianity really started to ramp up? During the plagues ravaging Europe back in the day. Why? Because when cities were infested with deadly disease, everyone ran away except the Christians. Their faith in their eternal security, and mission to share the Gospel with the lost drove them toward the most deadly places, ready to serve. I don’t have the answer as to what this looks like in your situation right now, but there are many more people physically limited right now than they normally would be. I can’t tell you to deliver groceries to your neighbors, volunteer at a medical facility, sew masks, or anything, but I do ask you to meditate on this passage and pray about where God is asking you to show up.
“‘Come you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for You from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”
~Matthew 25: 34-40
(Go read all of Matthew 25:31-46 for context)
3. Show up at the feet of the throne
Leading off of that verse, it’s important right now that we use this opportunity to minister to the Lord. We do this by ministering to the people around us, but also by encouraging the Body, initiating virtual or socially distanced gatherings, worshiping on your own in a still quiet place, and deepening your relationship with him. Your excuses for not reading your Bible every day are all gone. Most of you have either lost your job or work from home, but even for the people like me, whose jobs have gotten busier because of the virus, need to make time. Show up at the throne and determine to be a servant at his feet. He has something for you right now. Even if you are quarantined at home he has something! Don’t let fear or slothfulness or depression stand between you and his plans. Let your faith triumph over your fear and fearlessly pursue his assignments.
Be a good and faithful servant.