by Dr Steve Grove
Interesting times! The things we are experiencing as a world are very rare – and while experts have been talking about the threat of pandemics for years, it is another thing to actually have it here, upon us, to live in it and through it. As a pastor, it brings Revelation to life in the sense, “Oh, I see how that could happen.” I am NOT saying we are in the times of Revelation; I am saying we are in very unique times. And we who are followers of Christ, who have a worldview that includes a Creator God, a Sovereign Lord, we don’t worry or allow anxiousness to lead us, because we have a God who has our back. He is in control, and there is nothing to fear. Like Daniel’s friends, we can say, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Whether a manmade or natural disaster, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it!
The challenge before us, then, is what will we do in these days? There is a great need for men today, real men. Men who can stand firm with courage and set an example for others to follow. Men of compassion who can help those who are struggling. Men who stay the course and are not distracted by the things around them. Men who accomplish the task of the Kingdom, rather than focusing on self and how they can benefit from it. It is an age of Heroes!
Do you hear the call to make a difference today? Canada needs you - the world needs you. Immerse yourself in the Scriptures, talk to God often in prayer. With spiritual disciplines as your foundation, and the leading of the Spirit as your Guide, continue on in the ministry before you. For some of us, it may be from our homes, and the availability of strengthening our connections with our spouse and/or children. It may be finding ways to do Stockade digitally. It may be encouraging our pastors, many of whom are preaching to empty seats. It may be regularly calling a neighbour who is isolated and alone. It may be working long hours in the health sector or driving a truck to keep the supply chains operating.
Heroes take initiative. Heroes hold to strong ethics, while focusing on those who need help. Heroes march to the beat of an internal Drummer that leads them forward with integrity. Heroes stay the course, with obedience and dedication. Today is the day for you to step up and be the hero your world needs.