For those of you who haven’t met me, my name is Tasha and I am a high school ministry leader here at Anchor Point. I just wanted to share what God has been putting on my heart this past week especially in this interesting time we are currently in.
These past few weeks I have been feeling like there is so much chaos in the world. Since going into isolation, it’s pretty easy to sit and have all these thoughts jumbling around in your brain. Even though our situation is challenging, many of you are doing school from home. You’re not able to see friends and even our church is held online (instead of being in the sanctuary). Through this, God reminded me as I was reading Hebrews this week that He’s got this whole thing under control. It’s so important to continue building others up in encouragement instead of just focusing on media.
But these are hard things to put into practice and consequently we may be feeling frustrated (or feel like giving up hope during this time of waiting).
“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
– Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)
God is calling us to continually encourage the body of Christ so that we are unified and built up; not divided, lost, or allowing the evil one to sneak in those feelings of fear and as a result, hardening hearts. It’s easy in these times to become distant from God but Jesus wants our hearts to remain soft and attentive to His gentle whispers! We are called to fill our heart, minds, and souls with Jesus so that we can pour out encouragement, love, joy, and peace onto others. We are the light of the earth because we have Jesus living in us, also known as the Holy Spirit. We need to shine bright at this time and keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, and not be consumed by the current worldly situation. Nothing is too big for God and He has much bigger plans for this time.
In 1942, Christian author C.S. Lewis wrote in his book, Screwtape Letters, how different time may be utilized during a pandemic such as the one we’re in. It reads as follows:
“Satan: ‘I will cause anxiety, fear, and panic. I will shut down businesses, schools, places of worship, and sports events. I will cause economic turmoil.’ Jesus: ‘I will bring together neighbors, restore the family unit, I will bring dinner back to the kitchen table. I will help people slow down their lives and appreciate what really matters. I will teach my children to rely on me and not the world. I will teach my children to trust me and not their money and material resources.’” There are many different reactions people are having in response to isolation. Some people are feeling like the world is ending and fear is sinking in, causing the heart inner isolation from God. Others will be drawn to Him and are relying solely on His direction as our worldly securities have crumbled. Regardless of your reaction to this isolation, God wants to use this time to grow your relationship with Him. God is never distant; He is close to us all the time and never leaves us. Then He takes us deeper and wants us to continue to encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ that might be feeling isolated from God.
– C.S. Lewis
So this week I would encourage YOU to encourage others!
Let’s continue to build the body of Christ. How does this look?
- Fill ourselves up with Jesus! We cannot pour out love onto others without this!
- Read Hebrews 3 and journal anything that stands out to you.
- Ask God who you should pray for today (friend, family member, etc.) and how He wants you to pray for them. Write down anything God shows you! (Picture, Bible Verse, Word of encouragement, etc.)
- Send this person a text or facetime them to lift them up in some encouragement!
I hope you all have a blessed week and find unique ways to spread love, joy, and peace to each other!
– Tasha Voth