…my Kingdom is not of this world.” John 18:36
The “virus” has become the dominant concern and source of anxiety among people everywhere. I live in the United States, arguably the most powerful and richest nation on earth. Yet the USA government like every other government, is powerless to stop the virus and can only try to manage its impact on its citizen’s health and economy. As hard as they try, and despite the speeches, programs and best wishes, the virus seems to be able to appear and spread independently. And so like most natural, destructive phenomenon we encounter, the virus has exposed the many weaknesses of governments run by men and women. In effect they have shown themselves once again to be truly shakable kingdoms.
As Christ-followers our hope is in Jesus and his kingdom. After he was arrested, Jesus assured Pontius Pilate the Roman Governor, that “my kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). The writer of the Letter to the Hebrews exclaims, “lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees” (Hebrews 12:12); instead “let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom (and gospel) that cannot be shaken” (Hebrews 12:28).
My hope is that in the midst of this trial, which is quite grave and severe for so many, that we in CBMC might encourage one another with these thoughts and words. That the “God of peace may equip you with everything good that you may do his will” (Hebrews 13:20-21). This is our great promise and heritage: that our hope is not in governments of this world, but in Christ and His unshakable eternal kingdom.
Global Prayer Points
As we seek to see our marketplace transformed by the Gospel, join us in prayer this week for the following requests from our Global Leadership.
Africa: Pray for the Southern and East Africa Resilience Fund being developed by a CBMC Business Leader. Pray that God would bring trustworthy financial partners interested in the well-being of these small business owners.
Asia/Pacific: Give us the faith and strength to endure this difficult season and deepen our relationship with our neighbors. Thank you for sending the Comforter to all who cry out to You, giving Your perfect love to cast out fear and anxiety. Hong Kong: Please pray for the peace and democracy of Hong Kong.
Europe: Pray for establishing a V-CBMC (Vision CBMC) of next generation for Europe Korean CBMC. Specific prayer requests can be sent to [email protected]
Latin America: Pray for protection and healing of CBMC families and team members who are in Brazil, a ‘hot spots’ of the pandemic.
North America: Pray for establishing an e-CBMC (next generation) in North America Korean CBMC. Pray that Christian leaders would take the challenge to lead other leaders who need Jesus.
If you have a prayer request, please send an email to CBMC International.