In this changing culture, living faithfully according to the will and instructions of God, is becoming challenging.
Even with the promise of unity given by our bishops, still many believe that we are facing the most difficult task that is before us as a church. The question is, “Will God find us with unblemished faithfulness and unhesitating obedience in this time of difficult decision-process that will take on February 19 during the special General Conference? Will the United Methodist Church change its traditional understanding of marriage into what is evolving in our culture today? What future do we have as a church? Really, what future do we have?

Yes, as a church, we live in a most difficult time. But if we have faith as small as mustard seed, we can take this
crisis and make it as a defining moment of hearing and listening to what God is telling us. We need to ponder and reflect upon what God is trying to tell us and what we need to remember.

FIRST, we need to stay focus with our faith in Jesus; we need to keep our faith alive and growing in times like
this. Our faith in Jesus must empower us to seek to put our whole hope, trust and belief in no one person, but rather in Jesus whose transformative power, vision and communal transcendence not only alters social, economic and political realities, but touches the mind, heart, soul, strength and spirit of every person, community and being on this earth.”

It is time for the Church to claim and make it alive what Paul has proclaimed to the Christians in Rome. “I appeal
to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2)

We need to express more of our faith and obedience to the will of God. We need to love Him more through our
neighbors. We need to get ourselves more involved and active in kingdom building, His work, ministry, and mission through the Church. We need to seize this opportunity to proclaim the Good News and to show great love and salvation to those who are in need. This crisis that we are facing as a church should reflect our desire and passion to be faithful to Jesus. It must be a time of learning lessons of faith in which our character as a Body of Christ is nurtured and nourished to maturity.

SECONDLY, we need to understand that our Covenant Relationship with God and with one another is far more
important than this crisis. Our Covenant Relationship with God will be tested. Our relationship with one another, or our friendship will be tested. Let us put in mind that the gift of relationship is a source of inspiration and strength in times of crisis. But what cement this relationship is our unhesitating obedience to the will and instructions of God. Faith is always COMMON faith!

THIRDLY, we should look at it as an opportunity and not calamity. This crisis is an opportunity not to be wasted,
as the Chinese Proverb says: “Crisis is opportunity.” It is a time where one can see and witness how faith in God
can move mountains. The Bible tells us that every true child of God is equipped will all the grace, gifts and provisions of God needed to face this kind of life-situation. God assures us with his grace that He will be on our side. Isaiah 43:1-2 says: “…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.” We will be sustained, supported, carried through and be made victorious because our help will come from the Lord. Take note… “Our help will come from the Lord.” Not from the Bishops of the church or leaders of the Church. It will come from our Lord!

FINALLY, we need to understand that darkness is only powerful when light does not exist. When the wishes and
desires of those leading the Church push the Church to the edge and border of life, hindering the Church from being at the center of the fullness of God or becoming God’s best hope for humanity in the midst of darkness, then it is incumbent upon the faithful to have the boldness and courage to proclaim unashamedly and unapologetically “THIS IS WHAT WE BELIEVE!” As a faithful Church we do not need to be living at the border of life because God has given us His only Son Jesus Christ to become our Light and the Light of our world so that we can live the power and the fullness of living at the center because that is where we can discover the fullness God. Living from the center where God is, enable us to become light of the world. So no matter how challenging where we are at today as a Church, we can be assured of God’s faithfulness.

Let us pray to be faithful and obedient to the will and instructions of God. Let us open our minds and hearts to the voice and call of God. Pray that God will find the United Methodist Church always faithful unto Him. PRAY!

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