Daily Devotional 3-25-20

Shifting Priorities
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful

“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.” John 12:24-25 (The Message)

It has taken me sometime to bounce back to observe lent. I believe it was natural to take pause and focus on meeting my needs and those I am called to serve during this pandemic. As I reflect on the current global happening, I see the basic and foundational truth come to the forefront.  First, our world is fragile. Since this pandemic is not a respecter of persons, economies, political power, etc., it has caused the entire world to run for cover. The rich as well as the poor are observing all the necessary precautions. Developed countries as well as developing countries, and even underdeveloped countries, are putting measures in place to safeguard their people. Indeed the world is fragile. The good news; however, is that in the context of this fragility we can look up to someone beyond this world who is dependable and can hold us securely in His hand. That Person, I believe, is Jesus.

Second, community is indispensable. We have always lived in a society of no real connection.  Social isolation is even an epidemic, despite our social media connections. For a long time busy schedules have deprived us of organic communal life. We have lived our lives with very limited margins. But, now, our current reality has created room for us to organically connect with our families. Parents are spending more time with their kids and other family members. For some, this is the new norm and they’ve got to learn how to live this new life. In the midst of this crisis, having your community by your side provides comfort. Spending time playing, chatting, and just being present with each other relieves anxieties and fears. 

Therefore, we may have to die to certain things we thought we could not live without (actually, we may have just realized we can live without them) and visit our priorities so that we can live organically as God intended us to live. 

Where has Christ been in your life? Where has your family been?

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, grant me the grace to see life anew. Help me set the right priorities so I may live a true life.