A crisis brings out all types of responses. As Christians we are not immune from the emotional and practical impact of things going on around us. So how can believers have the mind of Christ in these turbulent times?
When faced with anxiety or fear, it is good practice to get our focus off ourselves and onto the promises of God–and the needs of others. Believers need to preach to themselves fundamental Bible truths such as perfect love casts out fear “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in loving “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6.
It is also wise to be cautious of our media consumption. It is good to be informed, but the media, by its nature, skews negative to capture our attention. It can distract us from God’s truth, His promises, His goodness and joy. We must be guided by scripture, not the media.
In a recent video message to his church from Hong Kong, pastor Francis Chan encouraged believers not to lose their love for others, not to lose their peace in the face of death, and not to lose their joy. Asking ourselves what we believe and how we should live in the light of our present circumstances is exactly what our spirits need at this time. Chan’s advice is a good place to start—with the practical gifts of love, peace and joy.
For example, Philippians 2:5 instructs, “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” We can always apply Romans 12:2, which says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
If you are considering God’s next call in your life, a practical next step might be to read Don Parrott’s book “I Want to Make a Difference Now!” available here.