BY MARK O’FARRELL
As I reflect over the years, I can remember clearly times when I had to “do something.” Regarding two house fires, one next to my house and another involving my pastor’s wife, I had to get people out. I could not stand by and not “do something!” A giant 18-wheeler literally went off the road right in front of my car on the interstate and crashed into the woods. I had to stop and get the driver out. I had to do something! The list goes on … rushing people to the hospital, caring for the dying, and preventing people from doing personal harm. I had to “do something!” I could not stand by and do nothing … I had to get involved! It was imperative! And I am confident you have had many experiences in which you had to “do something!”
The time is upon us in the church, in our community, around our nation, and throughout the world in which we have to “do something!” Political chaos, COVID-19, over 25 million unemployed, jobs lost, murders, injustice, lack of respect for persons or authority, and nations disheveled and disrupted around the world: as believers we must “do something.” There is a CALL to ACTION! We cannot and must not stand by and do nothing! It is imperative that we act … Righteously, Courageously, and Godly. People have no anchor, no compass, no purpose and no understanding of eternity and what awaits all of us! And most of all, they have no understanding of God and the accounting that they must do before Him! These are perilous times!
What do we do? The secret is revealed in the call of God on Paul communicated by Ananias:
“Then he (Ananias) said, ‘The God of our fathers has appointed you to know His will, to see the Righteous One, and to hear the sound of His voice.’ For you will be a witness for Him to all people of what you have seen and heard.” Acts 22:14-15 HCSB
Did you see it? Here it is:
- To Know His Will God Calls.
- To See the Righteous One
- To Hear His Voice We Equip.
- To Be a Witness of What Has
Been Seen and Heard You Advance.
What do we have to do? We must KNOW His Will! What is on God’s Heart at this moment? We must know! We must SEE Jesus. We must be close to Him, be with Him in the Gospels and in prayer. We must HEAR His Voice as He speaks to our Minds and Hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit. We must know, see, and hear … so we can BE A WITNESS, to be His representative, His emissary, and His Ambassador.
Then and only then can we speak what needs to be said and do what needs to be done! We then will have the mind of God for this ‘hour’ that is upon us. Real God-Directed, God- Empowered, and God-Enriched Leadership is needed! Only then will we be the ‘voice of God’ to the people around us. And they NEED THAT VOICE!!! You have to be that voice of reason, hope and peace and you have to be that person who will do what needs to be done! It is your assignment! Acts 22:10 HCSB