Thursday, August 25, 2011

Your light of Christ in times of crisis

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Your light of Christ in times of crisis

Those of you who live on the West Coast certainly understand and are accustomed to earthquakes. Those who live on the East Coast haven't had the same opportunity you have in getting their minds around the earth moving under their feet. But the 5.8 quake that shook the Greater Washington DC area on Tuesday revealed a lot about the character of our nation. Folks have reported in on some of what they experienced. And I think this event gave us a snapshot as to what to expect as the birth pangs of the end times come closer together. It also reveals to us what the Lord expects from His people when adversity strikes.

My wife Chris was at Wal-mart getting some things I need for my upcoming mission to Ghana, West Africa when the quake rumbled. The shelving swayed and things came tumbling off. People were scurrying about trying to get out of the store. Chris remained so very calm that the people around her even asked after it was over how she managed to keep calm. Lisa, one of our dear friends who lives near the Pentagon, was working at her retail clothing store. She was in the back moving heavy, tall racks of clothing around when they seemed close in on her as if to crush her. Her co-worker started to panic. Lisa calmly took her hand, and led her out to the storefront. Several of her coworkers were so distraught that they had to take the rest of the day off.

I have heard several other stories where my Christian friends remained calm in the midst of a pretty scary situation where the people around them were distraught, frightened, and disoriented. I know that Chris and Lisa are devout followers of Christ, led by the Holy Spirit. The others that I talked to after the quake are also strong Christians. In each case, they were calm, collected and able to serve others by their demeanor or their decisive actions that gave a sense of security and safety. 2 Timothy 1:7 comes to mind, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." This is how Chris, Lisa and others responded, seemingly naturally.

There are going to be times ahead where only the Holy Spirit in you will be able to help you make sense of the situation. Because of this, you will have the opportunity to lead and show the light of Christ. You will have the right answer, the right action, the right discernment if you are walking in the Holy Spirit. You will be placed in these situations for the express purpose of showing Christ to others. Jesus said in Matthew 10:19, 20, "But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaks in you." I believe this same concept applies as to Christian leadership in difficult times.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

1 comment:

Michael Owens said...

Jesus can calm ant situation. Praise God