Our Nation: Day Eleven

JANUARY 14TH, 2021      |       The Bible says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” (Ps. 33:12) Our nation, the United States, was founded on Judeo-Christian values and traditions. One could argue that we have strayed a bit from what our founding fathers originally intended. Against the backdrop of a tumultuous political season and a global pandemic, how are we to respond as Christ followers? Whether or not “your person” is in office, we all have a responsibility to both participate in and pray for our nation. While the world is watching the news, the world is also watching the Church. In light of political unrest and a viral outbreak, what we need most is an outbreak of a different kind. What we need is an outbreak of FAITH, not fear, of PEACE, not panic and TRUST, not trembling. The greatest gift we can offer our hurting nation right now is an invitation to a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Our passages today remind us that we are to live our lives in such a way that the world around us will ask, “what happened here?” Our lives are living testimonies, living proof that Jesus lives. Jesus tells us we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We are positioned in this generation and this time to offer the peace of God, the presence of God and the power of God to a panicked world. What can we do? We can leverage the state of our nation for God’s glory. Here are a few suggestions: • In every conversation, lean into God first. Direct people to Jesus, pray with and for one another. • In every setting, lean into God’s Word. His Word is not dry ink on a page, it is living and active and relevant for this moment right now. • In every way possible, lean into community. Find ways to connect with your church, your neighbors, your co-workers. Let them see the Light in you as you live your life as a “living stone.” • In your personal life, model what faith, hope and love look like when activated. Pray, worship, and stay connected to the Source of your hope and faith. Historically, God has put His children at the crossroads of the world. Let’s light the way and lead the way!

Our Nation: Day Eleven

Joshua 4:18-24, 1 Peter 2:4-6

Joshua 4:18-24, 1 Peter 2:4-6

The Bible says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” (Ps. 33:12) Our nation, the United States, was founded on Judeo-Christian values and traditions. One could argue that we have strayed a bit from what our founding fathers originally intended.

Against the backdrop of a tumultuous political season and a global pandemic, how are we to respond as Christ followers? Whether or not “your person” is in office, we all have a responsibility to both participate in and pray for our nation. While the world is watching the news, the world is also watching the Church. In light of political unrest and a viral outbreak, what we need most is an outbreak of a different kind.

What we need is an outbreak of FAITH, not fear, of PEACE, not panic and TRUST, not trembling. The greatest gift we can offer our hurting nation right now is an invitation to a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Our passages today remind us that we are to live our lives in such a way that the world around us will ask, “what happened here?” Our lives are living testimonies, living proof that Jesus lives.

Jesus tells us we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We are positioned in this generation and this time to offer the peace of God, the presence of God and the power of God to a panicked world.

What can we do? We can leverage the state of our nation for God’s glory. Here are a few suggestions: • In every conversation, lean into God first. Direct people to Jesus, pray with and for one another. • In every setting, lean into God’s Word. His Word is not dry ink on a page, it is living and active and relevant for this moment right now. • In every way possible, lean into community. Find ways to connect with your church, your neighbors, your co-workers. Let them see the Light in you as you live your life as a “living stone.” • In your personal life, model what faith, hope and love look like when activated.

Pray, worship, and stay connected to the Source of your hope and faith. Historically, God has put His children at the crossroads of the world. Let’s light the way and lead the way!

Responding to the Word

In what ways is the Holy Spirit speaking to you from God’s Word?  

How can you apply this to your life?

Prayer

Jesus, help us to live our lives in a way that makes people curious. Give us the courage to tell a hurting world where they can find help and hope. Help me to . . .

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