The global financial crisis uncovered an even deeper problem that we all face. A crisis of the heart.
Anyone can see that our society is quickly shifting away from any semblance of a biblical worldview. Instead of seeking God for direction and help, it seems that all our efforts are directed toward the temporal goal of protecting our prosperity at all costs.
As Christians, what will be our response to the challenges that lie before us? Here are six things that, if we do them, will prepare us for the days ahead and set the stage for a great spiritual revival.
Why did God put you here on earth at this very moment in time? That’s a big question that each of us must wrestle with. Did He put you here to live the dream, raise a great family, get an education, watch TV, build a business, play sports, be a consumer? Write down your answer and carry it with you. Begin ordering your life around your purpose. (See 2 Timothy 1:9.)
Jesus exhorted His disciples to be ready for persecution. Paul said that he was ready to suffer and die, if necessary, for Jesus. Are you ready to make the hard choices? (See Acts 21:13-14.)
Is there anything that needs to be moved out of the way so you can make your best contribution? Are there adjustments to your lifestyle or your consumption of time, energy, or money that will demonstrate your full surrender to the Lord? (See Hebrews 12:1-3.)
Base your plan on your purpose, and prayerfully allocate all of your resources to it. Having your money serve you rather than the other way around will free you to fulfil your purpose. Remember, God is glorified as we demonstrate to the world that Jesus is real, our faith is real, and our peace is real. (See Matthew 6:24.)
Intentionally move from a life of independence to dependence on Him. We must be totally dependent on Christ and His Word, not our money, not our government. Jesus is our Master; we are His ambassadors. We should be full of hope, prepared anytime to offer an explanation of that hope to a wondering world. (See 1 Peter 3:14-16.)
Until we put our faith into practice, it accomplishes nothing. God put us here, not to live a life of comfort, pleasure, and fulfilment of our personal dreams, but to be a blessing to others, point them to Him, advance His Kingdom, and bring Him glory. (See James 2:14-17.)