How can we leverage Covid-19? Some investors are making lots of money by investing in services and products used in treatments, or by capitalizing on the fears of others. But what can we as Christians do to leverage the Coronavirus for the King and His Kingdom?
The coronavirus has brought us:
Genuine sickness and death – and the threat of more
Financial loss – and the threat of more
Isolation and loneliness – and the threat of more
“The threat of more” the past couple weeks has been the fearmonger’s paradise. Heaven’s intent is that the threat be transformed into “the promise of more!” We have been given authority and power to leverage fearful threats for good.
Social distancing may protect us from disease but it does not cure fear. In fact, being mindful of social distancing is an opportunity for fear to go viral.
Judo uses the energy of the attacker to our advantage. What if, using our spiritual Judo skills, we absolutely magnified, as much as we could, the possibility that we and our families could all get sick and die? What if we pulled that fear toward us, took a side step, and pulled that fear, tripping past us, into Jesus’ refining fire? Toasted fears! The same move could be used with other “threats of more.”
One strategy to overcome fear is to try to minimize. Another is to magnify the fears as valid and send them on to Jesus for His judgement. What if we told the fearmongers, “You can’t possibly know how really bad it could become! And, you simply can’t imagine how Jesus’ consuming fire disintegrates those monstrous fears!”
When fearsome threats come we don’t deny them. We leverage their energy and send them on for Heaven’s judgement! By doing so we end up:
Healthy and vigorous – with the promise of more!
Financially strong – with the promise of more!
Socially connected – with the promise of more!
What Biblical martial arts moves do you make when “the threat of more” comes menacing?
Steven C Johnson