On Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010 a 7.2 earthquake hit Mexicali and it was felt throughout Southern California. I happened to be standing in the sanctuary about 15-20 minutes before service was scheduled to begin. It started with a gentle roll of the building and progressed into a pretty vigorous roll. Speakers, overhead screens and lights started to swing back and forth pretty vigorously. It seemed to last a lot longer than it did and it was by far the largest earthquake I have experienced.
The interesting part of the earthquake was the reaction of my fellow church members/attenders (after all it was Easter Sunday so the CEO force was majorly represented).
- Some shouted “hallelujah” likening the earthquake before service with the earthquake that took place the morning Jesus resurrected from the dead (Matthew 28:2).
- Some people dropped everything and ran out of the building like rats from a sinking ship (leaving children, spouses and friends behind).
- Some were overcome with fear and left the church as soon as it was over.
- Some acted as if nothing had happened.
- Some giggled nervously.
- Some had to smoke a few cigarettes before the service started to calm themselves.
- Most had that face people get when you hit a patch of turbulence when flying. You know the face. The one that tries to say everything is going to be alright, but isn’t quite convinced that its true.
With the recent events in Haiti and Chile a powerful earthquake is quite the wake-up call. It is a reminder of your own mortality and causes you to evaluate your eternal destiny in the blink of an eye. Your reaction to these type of events is a definite revelation of the peace in your life, your priorities and your emotional stability (all of which are founded upon level of Word and Galatians 5 fruit in your life).
One of the most frequent statements in scripture is, “Fear Not”. So, in response to the direct stimuli of your survival instincts – how do you react?
Here are a few a possibilities beyond a less than “Christian” or carnal response:
- You are unsure of your eternal standing – “Am I really saved?”
- You’re backslidden and know you need to repent
- You completely fleshed out, letting the old man speak much louder than the new man
So – depending on where you fall there are solutions to your response.
It’s time to come to Jesus. “He is the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except through Him.” (John 14:6). “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12). It is vital that you recognize that you cannot save yourself. Regardless of your background or status in life no one is qualified to be saved. Salvation is only available through Jesus Christ. His death on the cross was payment or our sins. His blood satisfied the righteous demands of God’s justice. His resurrection from the dead has made it possible for us to receive this gift. Receiving this gift is as simple as believe, confess and receive. “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9).
If you have things in your life that need to get under the blood you know exactly what they are. Stop living in a way that separates you from your Father. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).
“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6). If your name has been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life you should be a peace with life, with death and the crazy moments in between. What is the worse thing that can happen? You meet Jesus. If you reaction to these type of events allows the fear monster to ravage you emotions its time to renew that mind of yours. “Do not be conformed to this world, but continually be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you may be able to determine what God’s will is-what is proper, pleasing, and perfect.” (Romans 12:2).
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1).
I wrote this today to challenge you. If things are wrong, they need to be fixed. If you are lost, you need to know Jesus. If you are battling fear, you need to let His peace fill your life.
“I’m leaving you peace. I’m giving you my peace. I don’t give you the kind of peace that the world gives. So don’t be troubled or cowardly.” (John 14:27)