How do we as Christians respond to what is going on around us right now?

Recently, I have been praying “Lord, how do we as Christians respond to what is going on around us right now? How can we be your hands and feet?” Here is what Jesus is speaking to my heart…

1. God’s most important commandment to us is to love HIM, and love your neighbor as yourself. My husband and I make this our life motto, “Love God, love people!” By doing this, we trust that everything else in our life will fall into place if we put that first. Let’s take care of each other. Take a look around, see what needs you can meet with the resources that you have. The need is great, but we can all do a small part. (Mark 12:30-31) (Acts 4:32-37)

2. We must be the calm in the chaos. In every situation Jesus gives us the ability to be the calm in the crazy that we may find ourselves in. When you have experienced and lived in the peace of God, it is important to share that with others. God has given us all talents, abilities, and resources to bless others and to show the love of Christ to them. For everyone this will look different. For me this means reminding myself and others that we live according to our Heavenly Father’s economy, not the worlds. Our Lord has unlimited resources and He will provide whatever we need every single day. Over the last several days God has taken care of every. Single. Need. At exactly the right time. (John 16:33)

3. When the Israelites were in the wilderness God sent quail and manna to provide for them. He instructed them to only take what their need was for today. He told them that He would provide what they needed for tomorrow. Don’t hoard supplies and food, God holds your tomorrow. (Exodus 16:1-36)

4. During this time, we ARE the hands and feet of Jesus, the light in the darkness, and the hope to the broken, scared, and afraid! When people ask you how you are so calm, tell them. Tell them that your Jesus provides peace, even in the craziest of times. Share with them what He has done for you. Invite them to know your Jesus. (John 8:12)

5. Listen to what the Father is speaking. Take the time to be sensitive to what He is speaking and then act accordingly. That might mean picking up something for a neighbor, sharing supplies with a friend, listening to a friend that is anxious, or encouraging someone with what God is speaking to you. (Proverbs 3:6-16)

In Love,
Jess Bashlor

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