Great signs and a to-do list

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When I follow the news and see all of the devastations from the wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and tornadoes, everything that “Mother Nature” seems to be throwing at us lately; topped off with the pandemic, and then I read Luke, Chapter 21 (if you have time, read Luke 21:5-28), I kind of feel like these are “great signs” we’re seeing.

There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. Luke 21:11 ESV

I have to admit, I’m having a lot of trouble writing what’s on my heart right now. Seeing these signs, I believe, should be spurring Christians to band together more than ever before. We should be examples of Christ and His love and grace, but honestly, I’m not seeing that. I’m seeing division and hatred. I’m seeing a total disregard for our “neighbors.” I’m seeing a focus on worldly things, things of the flesh instead of things of the Spirit.

Unfortunately, unbelievers are looking at us and seeing those things also. They should see love and grace when they look at us. They should see Christ in us and want to have what we have; the joy, peace, and hope that comes from being in a relationship with the Creator of the Universe!

I urge you to be the image-bearer that God created you to be. Yes, these are difficult and stressful times. Yes, we all have different opinions about everything and want to shout them from the rooftops. Yes, we’re caught up in neverending spiritual warfare. However, each one of us was chosen by God, our Father, to serve Him while we’re here. That is our purpose. That is our destiny. That should be the reason we get out of bed every morning. Those matters of the flesh are irrelevant.

We can make a difference. Here’s what I would like for each one of us to do today:

  • Say a prayer.
    • Ask God to guide your words and actions throughout the day to bring Him glory.
    • Ask Him to help you put aside earthly matters and focus on the spiritual.
    • Give Him whatever concerns or anxieties are weighing on you today.
  • Look at each person you come in contact with today.
    • Make eye contact.
    • Smile.
    • Say, “Good morning (afternoon, evening).”
  • Reach out to someone you haven’t talked to in a while. Ask them how they’re doing and if there’s anything you can do for them.
  • Read Scripture.
  • Pray again.
  • Share this plan with other Christians.

I’m convinced that we can make a difference in the world just by shining the light which the Holy Spirit ignites in each one of us. Go out and shine!

Please join me this week in praying for an awakening. Pray that the Church all across the globe recognizes the signs our Father is showing us. (I believe) He’s trying to open our eyes to the urgency and fervor we should have in spreading the gospel. Pray that our hearts and minds will be guided by the Holy Spirit so that we are always about doing our Father’s business, especially during this crucial time. Please pray for revival.