What an unexpected couple of weeks this has been. We are gearing up for online church. We are cancelling in person meetings. We are looking to protect each other and walk in wisdom. How do we do this?
- We pray. We pray for patience for those who are spending more time with their families in close quarters throughout the day. We pray for those whose jobs may be affected. We remember those going through cancer in prayer. We uphold each other to avoid temptation, be delivered from evil, and to walk upright an godly lives. We pray for our neighbors and for those we have never met.
- We read. We devour scripture. We memorize passages of comfort (Psalm 23, Philippians 4, and Joshua 1 are all great options.) We rejoice that the 66 books of the Bible are true, entirely truth, and preserved for us.
- We serve. We can serve others and carry their burdens. We can find out who needs help, and help. We can explore new avenues of help, even when we cannot be in close proximity (I don’t need to be near you to rake your yard).
- We strategize. We need to make a plan for the next days ahead. We need to know how to conduct ourselves if this continues for weeks or even months.
- We labor in the work of ministry. Some are going to plant food to share. Some are going to prepare a 4-session Bible study to share. Some are going to write the hymns for the next generation.
- We connect. The body of Christ is all the members. Jesus is the head of the body and everyone in Jesus is vital to the body. We reach out more often. We call, video call, text, message more often. We do more more often!
Believers in Jesus don’t live in fear, for our God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46). We do follow the instructions of the government, serve like Jesus, do good to all (especially those of the household of faith), and rejoice with hope. Tonight, gather your family on the couch, pray together, read Psalm 23, and enjoy pasture in which God has provided.