One of the many challenges in emergency response is keeping one’s focus on the most important things all while you are being pulled in so many different directions turning into distractions from the main thing. CEN equips Christians to be ready spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically for emergencies of all kinds. Each of these areas are vital to a healthy response when crisis occur and each of the areas, when any element within these four areas becomes a distraction it is life threatening.
In the Gospel according to Mathew he relates the very words of Jesus on where to keep our focus when crisis occur. “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” (Mathew 14:29-30)
While we may not see the wind itself, we see the consequences of wind. While we may not see a marriage come apart we see the devastation it brings to those who do not understand how this covenant could be broken. And, while we may not see an angry out of control situation occurring before it occurs, we see the damage it can do to those in close proximity. Or while we may not see a survivor of disaster appear to be affected initially we see the ramifications of posttraumatic stress when it occurs.
Jesus said – Come and focus upon ME. Do not focus on the wrong thing when emergencies like these occur. So whether it is a personal crisis, a community devastated by tornadoes and flooding, or a nation brought to its knees by man-made assault, it is always the same for Christians, focus on Jesus and not the situation.
As long as we put our eyes, hearts, and minds upon Jesus and not on the wind and waves around us we are able to walk in faith which is always the good spiritual outcome for those who love Christ. Sometimes even Christians have such a young faith that needs to be strengthened by exercising this key biblical principle.
How does this apply to the ministry of CEN?
1. What challenge or crisis are you facing right now, either spiritual, emotional, mental or physical in nature in which you need to exercise keeping your eyes on Jesus?
2. How can we help others to focus upon Jesus when they face the winds and waves of life with Christ?
3. What do we need to do or continue doing with the CEN ministry to be good stewards of the call of God to equip Christians to be ready so that they are able to withstand the winds and waves prior to His return?
Today is the day to be Ready!