This past year we have experienced a crisis, one of the craziest I’ve seen in my lifetime. As Christians, how should we think about being prepared for a health crisis like COVID, or any other crisis? In Episode 55 of The Noble Man Podcast, Steve Hall, founder of Joseph’s Way Ministry teaches us the importance of being prepared for three types of crises: natural and manmade emergencies, legal challenges to the Christian faith, and financial crises.
The most crucial element of preparedness, according to Steve, is spiritual preparedness.
“Be prepared so that God is glorified, and we can help others in the time of crisis.”
Joseph’s Way models their teaching and strategies after Joseph in Genesis. They desire to help Christian families and churches prepare for challenges in ways that equip them to help others, not just themselves.
“Self-preservation by itself does not glorify God. He wants us to be serving and loving people well.”
One of the things that helped the early church grow the most in the second and third centuries is that Christians were some of the only people who would care for plague victims at the risk of losing their own lives, and many of them did lose their lives. “That is no small reason why the early church exploded… those Christians knew that to die was gain.”
Ultimately, Christian homes and churches need to be prepared to be lighthouses and not bunkers in times of need.
“For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” I Timothy 4:8
Listen in, and be prepared to get prepared.
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