What an interesting time we are living in. None of us began the year expecting to be quarantined in our homes, unable to travel or live life normally. Many people are asking, “How do we, as Christians, respond during a time like this?”
There are three things that we, as Christ-followers, can commit to doing:
1. Proclaim hope in Christ
In all circumstances, we remain committed to pointing others to the hope found only in Jesus. That’s our calling and privilege as believers, and we must make every effort to offer others hope that only He can provide. During this crisis, we have a great opportunity to share the truth of Christ with the world, and I think people are more open to receive Him than ever before.
2. Trust Christ with our fear and anxiety
A verse that comes to mind is Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
As followers of Christ, we are called to be His living example in the midst of any storm. We can submit our fears and anxieties to Him, knowing that He will be with us. He is God over this storm, over this pandemic, over every situation in our lives. How we trust Him in this crisis is a powerful testimony to the world.
3. Remember our communities
Today, an overwhelming number of people are ruled by anxiety and depression. We can remind them that they are not alone. As believers, we are called to fellowship and to love one another. Though we are encouraged to stay in our homes and practice social distancing, God has given us amazing technology — our smartphones, FaceTime, Skype, and other platforms — to be able to connect with, support, and show Christ’s love to others.
Think of the people in your life that you can encourage during this unprecedented time. Be like Jesus and reach out; take notice of those in desperate need of community. Offer them hope. As I’ve said many times, relationships matter. When we deepen our relationships with others, we begin to learn where they need Jesus, and how we can share our faith with them.
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Until the whole world hears,
Loss of loved ones. Uncertainty. Job loss. Lack of safety. The effects of COVID-19 are endless, and ruthless and threaten our physical, mental, relational, and spiritual health. No matter what you are facing during this time, you are not alone. You were made to thrive, being created in the likeness of God with infinite worth. You were designed to experience the assurance of safety, to know that everything will be ok.