Fresh Hope – 25th March 2020

Every social construct that we have built has come to a halt. The entire world has essentially shut down. 

As people who know God and trust God, it is possible for us to not only be fearless, but also rise to the occasion. 

This is our time as the Church to show some leadership in this crisis.  

The church was born for this hour. YOU were born for this hour. We can pray for God to intervene, but equally we are the hands and feet of God, and WE are the light.  We as the Church have a special grace and calling at this moment to step up and SHINE. This is an opportunity that we may never get again. 

People are literally being brought to their knees. People by the mass are losing everything they ever trusted. People are literally desperate for peace, protection and hope – now is our time to strike! Do not let this opportunity go. 

Matthew 5:14-16, ‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven’. 

This scripture is proof that WE are actually the light. We are the light TO POINT to GOD. That means that there is a mandate on us as the church in this hour to lead well. 

So what does shining actually mean? . . . 

1. Lead not react

The thing with leadership is that you feel everything everyone else does, but our response must be different. Reaction is to stockpile, to self-preserve and think only of self. 

Leadership is not reacting, it is responding. It is leading people to light in the midst of panic. It is putting others first in crisis. 

Our job as leaders in society is not to panic, it is to respond. 

2. Embrace sacrifice, not selfishness

The best leaders show sacrifice in times of crisis, not selfishness. 

Crisis will reveal what people are really made of. Crisis will either show the worst of people or the best of people. 

As the church, let it show the best of us. Let us show people what we are really made of – love, hope, sacrifice and generosity. 

3. Get wise counsel. 

Watch what is giving you your information. 

Some media is unhelpful at the moment. 

Watch your headspace. For your mental health, the worst possible combination is being in isolation and reading some of the things on social media. Be careful and smart. 

More than anything at this time we should be plugging into the word of God. We need the word of God at the forefront of our mind. 

4. Get your spiritual lenses on. 

Our battle isn’t against flesh and blood, but against the powers of darkness (Eph 6:12)… what if this whole thing isn’t actually just about a virus? What if this whole thing is about a Spirit of Fear getting a hold of people? 

Consider what is going on spiritually at the moment. Discern the times we are in from a spiritual perspective. Ask yourself: what is God doing in the midst of all this? I don’t believe sickness is from God, but He will use it to get people on their knees. Is it time for humanity to consider their lives and priorities?

To be continued on tomorrow’s Fresh Hope! 

Emma Burchell

A daily devotion for a better way of living.