As I look around may I list half a dozen indisputable learnings:
- We’ve learned that even in the midst of one of the most devastating global events in human history, we can still trust the God who made the stars. Even though we’re in a mess, God’s got this.
- It is confirmed that there’s an enemy loose in the universe and that he is still intent on destroying everything God ever made. Like the Book says, “An enemy has done this.” He is intentional, strategic, and relentless.
- We have been alerted that it’s gonna get worse – much worse – before it gets better. Worse as in, “For then there will be great distress, unequalled from the beginning of the world…never to be equaled again.” (Matt 24:21NIV) Those are strong words. Jesus spoke them.
- We’ve read the back of the Book and we know how the story ends. Recently I saw a plaque in a shopping mall (remember those) that said, “…Not to spoil the ending, but everything is going to be okay!” You can build your life on that if you know the Author.
- When you grasp the fact that the Commander has given you an assignment and that you can actually have an effect on the conflict it changes how you respond to it. A friend of ours likes to say, “Until you know you’re in a war, you really don’t know what prayer is for.”
- When you know how the war ends, who is victor and whose side you’re on, you discover that you’re not as distressed by the intensity of the battles.
So, since we embrace these certainties may I be so brazen as to suggest a course of action:
- Make sure you believe the work done on the cross was done for you and is totally sufficient, not only to gift you with forgiveness, but also to transform you from rebel to valued disciple.
- Become an indefatigable prayer warrior. Unrelenting. Marinate in Scripture.
- Live attractively. With such verve and confidence and compassion that those you meet will want to get what you’ve got.
- Before leaving home in the morning ask for your marching orders. Ask God to help you see everyone you meet through His eyes. Ask for the ability to be graciously aggressive in extending the kingdom. That day.
By Don Jacobsen