Is it just me to has the world gone a little mad this week? I’ve spent way too much time watching 24-hour news and scrolling through angry facebook posts, and all I want to do is have a good cry. How am I supposed to share the Gospel in this upside-down world where no one gets along?
This morning during my quiet time, I woke up remembered that there is nothing new under the sun. The Apostle Paul lived in violent times too, and he managed to press through the pandemonium to preach the Gospel and write half the New Testament. I need to put my big girl pants on and stop whining.
Paul stayed on mission. Wherever he was, in whatever environment, he determined to rise above the chaos to proclaim the Good News.
Let’s remember that Paul lived during crazy times – much more crazy than today. Paul stayed on mission with a mad man sitting on the Emperor’s throne. In AD 64, Nero burned down half of Rome, deflected the blame by targeting Christians, and burned many alive in retribution. During this time, Paul continued sharing the gospel while under house arrest. He lead countless lost souls to the saving knowledge of Jesus and wrote Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon while in captivity.
I found myself wishing I could sit down and have a heart to heart chat with Paul about how he would handle crazy weeks like this one. I went digging into the wisdom he shared with Timothy and found a little encouragement.
How to Stay on Mission in a World Gone Mad:
1. Fill up with Courage: This is not a time to be timid or silent. Right now, we need to be bold in sharing our faith. Jesus never avoided confrontation. He lovingly stepped toward the confused and pointed lost people to salvation.
"This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." (II Timothy 1:6-7, NLT)
2. Hold on to Truth: Remember your offensive weapon is the truth. In a world full of upside-down thinking, you must stand strong on the firm foundation of God's Word.
"Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me—a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you." (II Timothy 1:13-14, NLT)
3. Speak up for Jesus: When people ask you for an opinion on a controversial subject, don't view the conversation as a ticking time bomb that might explode in your hands. Instead, view each interaction as an opportunity to help a dead person come back to life.
"So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News." (II Timothy 1:8, NLT)
And now Paul has passed the torch on to us. We are called to share the Gospel in this mixed up world. No one said it was going to be easy. But, God’s Word is never bound.
Maybe a world gone mad is the crucible where we are called to make Jesus known.
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8/18/2017 02:53:43 am
This is so good and so helpful. I just scrawled the words "stay on mission" in my planner as an anchor for my brain in these days when I do not know what to think.
8/18/2017 02:17:55 pm
Love that, Michelle. I am so thankful for this space that Laura hosts for us to come and find an encouraging word during such difficult times.
8/18/2017 05:35:05 am
Lyli, I am so grateful for voices like yours that continually point us back to the truth of God's Word. Reminding myself every day that Jesus has already overcome the world. Let's be more like Him and let Him make overcomers out of us as well. Blessings!
8/18/2017 02:16:52 pm
Yes, let's not forget He is Lord -- Sovereign in every way.
8/18/2017 07:28:47 am
Right on, Lyli. God is not surprised. Nor should we falter in light of the ruckus and clamor of hate and violence. On mission with you--maybe it takes such a week to remind us of how vital that is. x
8/18/2017 02:15:51 pm
I agree, Sue. Sometimes, we need to a little kick in the pants to remind us we need to be about His business.
8/18/2017 11:38:49 am
You're right, Lyli: it's easy to lose our focus in a world that often does feel as if it has gone mad. Thank you for the timely reminder to stay on mission!
8/18/2017 02:14:54 pm
Richella, thank you for sharing your wisdom with us today. May we be the voice of reason in this crazy world with His help. Hugs
8/20/2017 10:26:29 pm
Lyli, it is a mixed up crazy world, but you're so right when you say it isn't all that different from the first century. We need to remember that when we're tempted to throw our hand up as if it's hopeless. It was in that situation that the disciples turned the world upside down!
8/20/2017 10:52:46 pm
Yes, my friend. God is greater than our current crazy, and He is still on the throne.
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