Message from CompassCare’s President
A crisis does not change who or what we are. It reveals it. We are God’s sons and daughters. We are called the faithful not because of the easy times but precisely because we don’t change in the hard times. The mark of all true believers is endurance in hardship, perseverance in trial. We are people of the cross. We can weather any storm His good and sovereign hand permits because it is He Who works all things together for the good for those who love Him (Romans 8:28). We can weather any storm because we are people made for glory.
Christians are people of undying hope. Believers can legitimately view every day as better than the last. Not because of good medical care, a big bank account, or fancy degrees but because we are the recipients of more grace today that we were yesterday, no matter how dire the circumstances appear to be. The fact of the matter is that because of Jesus, we have become heirs of God as Paul says to the Romans, “…but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’…and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.”
And suffering is the theme for the believer, to be a brother of Christ means solidarity with His mission to redeem a dark and fallen world. Suffering with Jesus is a requirement of a fellow heir. Suffering often is found in times of crisis and uncertainty. There are two truths upon which Christians set their gaze to triumph through suffering; the cross of Christ and the glory to come.
The cross of Christ is where Jesus drank the full cup of God’s wrath for us. And so, believers are able to understand Paul’s admonition: “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus… (Philippians 2:5).
The second truth upon which believers focus to triumph through suffering is the glory to come. We look forward to a future family reunion complete with the renewal of creation and the resurrection of our physical bodies…a time when all sin and its effects will be washed away. Suffering opens to us a storehouse of grace if we let it. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).
It has been said, “Don’t waste a crisis.” Let us resolve to make this crisis of health and economics work for the Kingdom of God. When encouraging people not to worry about how they will survive Jesus says, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
Let this moment in history be a personal marker when we each rededicate ourselves to faith in Jesus, our Savior. Through submission to God, let us demonstrate our trust in Him through self-sacrifice for our neighbor. If God can handle our sin and death, He can certainly handle my finances, my health, my nation’s politics and anything else that His good and sovereign hand permits me to face.
CompassCare is taking the necessary steps to ensure the church can keep sacrificing for society’s most vulnerable population: abortion-minded women and their preborn boys and girls. Thank you for your ongoing faithfulness.
Transforming fear into confidence,
Rev. James R. Harden