Deeper Day 228: Taking it to the Streets

As I was exercising today, I began to here the old song that said, “Taking it to the streets!” It’s funny because I cannot tell you the last time I have heard that little diddy. But when I heard it today, I felt the invitation of the Lord to ask Him about it.

During this very unusual time I have seen so many churches begin to operate more openly. What I mean is, in states where the restrictions have reached beyond the separation of church and state (which was originally put into place to protect the church, not the state) and they have forced them not only to not have services but in some cases to have no worship at all during services, people are exiting the building and beginning to release worship into the world.

In the same breath, many in our political and media landscape will agree with protests and condemn the churches wanting to meet. This is insanity. Quite obviously it’s a startling double standard.

What do believers do when pressed? Well, if we remember scripture it says this…

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 2 Corinthians 4:8-10

We may be persecuted, but we are never abandoned. We may be struck down, but we will never be destroyed. We are carriers of Christ, so He may be revealed to the world.

It’s time for all of us, regardless of any resistance from laws, to take it to the streets! This is our time to shine. We know how to walk through struggle with joyful hope.  This is the time for the church to show the world how to live in peace.

It’s no surprise that those without Jesus in their hearts are freaking out. What hope do they have? What peace can they carry? None. And that is why control is their default, every single time. We have a responsibility to showcase to the world, the peace that surpasses understanding. There is no greater testimony during this time of panic than to openly walk out peace and joyful hope. This will draw others to Christ. This will reveal Christ.

Prayer Moment: God, give me the courage to walk out joyful hope right now. When I enter a place where a spirit of fear dwells, let me never agree with it. Help me to be kind and gentle, but unwilling to partner with the father of lies. I only want to partner with the Father of Truth. God, bless my family and let those blessings be seen by the lost so that they might see You in the midst of it all. Let my life be a beacon of light that leads others to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life.” John 8:12