I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Gal. 2:20).
What makes an effective leader in the times we are living? As Jesus followers how do we stay the course when there is such a cultural shift in society? Covic-19 has shown the world how much we have depended on worldly living and how quickly we can learn to live without it. Being contained in our homes has allowed a new normal to take place where there are no department stores, restaurants, or even schools open to the public. If I desire a new purse or a bottle of perfume I simply can’t go out and get it. The stores are closed. Most of them carry large signs saying: “We are temporarily closed due to Covic-19”. So, we stay in our homes (those of us who can) and wait until this killer virus leaves our world. We are learning new coping skills in America. We are home bound as families, which means cooking together, crafting together, talking together, worshipping together, and much more praying together.
I am reminded of the life of Daniel, in the book of Daniel. This book is really (I believe) a playbook for believers today. Daniel was ushered into a new normal that would last for the rest of his life. Taken from his Jewish Christian roots and dropped into a pagan land where a lack of godly influence dominated the entire culture. The great land of Babylon, known for its unleashed pleasures and immoral pursuits is where Daniel and several other young, bright, and handsome individuals found themselves. Despite all these monumental challenges Daniel lived his Christian life successfully.
He remained faithful to his spiritual convictions and he also let his convictions be known to those all around him. I believe Daniel’s Faith was bigger than life. By refusing to eat certain foods could cost his life, not to mention his personal discipline of prayers that he offered to God three times a day, yet Daniel was anchored to his faith in God. His life had such a powerful influence among the ungodly that he changed the course of the Babylon culture! (imagine that).
Read what the Bible says about Daniel in Daniel 6:3: “Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom”. I hope you are reading this with new eyes and a new mind set. Daniel rose above the cultural virus! He established a new normal by the life he lived.
I believe God is calling you and me to the same kind of influence today despite the challenges we are facing. Two major considerations we must have today in order to influence our world is that God controls everything, and victory always belong to the Lord and to those who do his will. So that places us in a winning situation. Let’s claim victory in Jesus name and become distinguished believers for the kingdom of God.
Prayers & Love,