Essential

“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Essential

Last night I watched a documentary on everyday heroes, people rising to the call to help others in this time of pandemic. The first was a supply tech in a hospital that has been converted from a special surgery hospital, to one devoted to the care of COVID-19 patients. It is his job to make sure the front line people have all that they need to do the work of saving lives.

Being a secular salute to an essential worker, it didn’t talk about the spiritual life of the man, but I had a sense that he could be a believer. There was a depth of commitment in him, and a passion for the work that he did. He did his job with emotion, demonstrated best when he had to go and take body bags to the COVID-19 area. There was a sadness, as two lives had ended.

As I have moved through this life, I have been increasingly convicted to do the things in my life to the glory of God. Too often I have “phoned in” my efforts, not really giving my best. It was like I was bringing a lame lamb to the Lord as my sacrifice of service. It is only by the grace of God that fire did not consume me.

As I have experienced loss, I find that I desire to give more. I approach the service of my God with intentionality, redeeming the time and being efficient, to squeeze every bit of devotion into what I do to the glory of God. These days, my efforts leave me truly exhausted. Whether playing hand drums at church, or praying over souls in the prayer chair, I complete my service drained of strength. In that weakness, I give thanks to the Lord, that He gave me the strength to do all that I could.

When I consider the workers from the documentary, I see the cost that they are paying to serve others. The supply tech is met each day at home by wife and children brandishing spray bottles of alcohol, to spray him from head to toe. He then changes clothes. All of this occurs before a kiss, before a hug, before he is allowed to be a husband and father. He then switched into daddy mode as he and his wife are homeschooling the kids, like most of the world these days.

I hope I can serve my Savior with that intensity. I mourned bitterly as I knew that I could do little for the cause. Then the Lord reminded me that I am doing the best thing: I am praying for those who can.

Believers, we are all essential. Use this time to proclaim the glory of Jesus in word or deed, whether that be serving others, or posting in social media. I have seen posts by believers disparaging others of different opinion. THIS MUST NOT BE! We must be known by our love.

Even when the fires are hot and the struggle is hard, we are still representing Jesus.

I don’t usually do this, but watch REGULAR HEROES on Amazon. Highly recommended. Fresh episodes drop every Friday. The first one moved me to tears!

This is a challenging time. It is also time to shine the light of Jesus on a world with questions. Now is the time to be true ambassadors of the Kingdom of Heaven.

In our suffering, represent Christ, and give thanks for all He has done! This is the essential message of the essential Savior, delivered by essential servants at an essential time!

That is essentially all I have to say.

THE PRAYER CHAIR IS OPEN! Send me your requests!

2 thoughts on “Essential

  1. This blog is “essential.” Thanks so much Bernie!

    Would you please pray for me as I attempt to finish the last devotion in the series about God’s will? It’s on 1 Peter 2:15.

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