By Buti Sam kputu
A new dawn is here. In less than one month, our world has changed beyond recognition. A new word now dominates our vocabulary – Corona Virus Disease (aka COVID -19). Suddenly, the world seems to have come to a standstill, from trading, to travels to tourism and even wars! Hope is being displaced by despair; Faith by fear and confidence by confusion. How then do we as Great Commission Believers live and fulfill our mandate in times such as these?
One thing is sure, our Lord and Commander -in-Chief has neither withdrawn nor suspended His commission. If anything, it requires more urgency at this time. For the Scriptures warned:_ _”…Woe to the earth and to the sea, because the devil has gone down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has but a short time.” – Revelation 12:12b.
The challenge is, how do we keep GOing when borders are being shut, people are locked in, travels are restricted, Church doors are shutting, social distancing is the prefered social norm and the economy is in a meltdown? Is the night finally here when no man can work? (John 9:4)
Solomon in his book of wisdom wrote:_
“If you wait until the wind and the weather are just right, you will never plant anything and never harvest anything” – Ecclesiastes 11:4 GNT.
Apostle Paul in exhorting Timothy on this commission said, “Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not… ” – 2Tim. 4:2, NLT.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, speaking to His Disciples about seasons and the Great Commission, said to them, “You may say there are still four months until harvest time. But I tell you to look, and you will see that the fields are ripe and ready to harvest” – John 4:35, CEV
How then do we GO with the Great Commission at a time it appear there is no where to go or no one to go to?
GO on your KNEES in prayer on behalf of people needing God’s touch and salvation. COVID-19 has thrown up many of such.
GO ONLINE to share words of hope and encouragement with people living with anxiety, fear or pain.
GO INWARDS and seek the Lord’s face in PRAYER and the WORD as you FACEhisBOOK. “Those who love your law have great peace. Nothing causes them to stumble”- Psalm 119:165, GWT
GO FORWARD with whatever vision, dreams or plans the Lord gave you before this season. This is not the time to pull back or despair. Always remember, the aeroplane takes off against the wind, not along with the winds. Also, the sea waves only give the dedicated surfer speed and direction.
“If you do nothing in a difficult time, your strength is limited. – Prov. 24:10, CSB
“There is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its shoots will not die” – Job 14:7, CSB
This season calls for CREATIVITY, not COMPLACENCY.
▪ Kputu is the International Director of Calvary Ministries (CAPRO). He sent this via WhatsApp