Covid 19 will forever be remembered as a disease caused by a virus which led to a catastrophic event not just in China, but has spread throughout the globe. Hence, the Pandemic.
In 1918, more than a hundred years ago, a similar pandemic which lasted for almost 3 years, infected 500 million people.
These pandemics have caused painful disruptions in the lives of thousands and millions of people – businesses closing down, stocks plummeting, companies losing money, families going hungry, and lives being taken away.
In the midst of the crisis that we are facing today, where is the church?
History has repeatedly shown how the church, the body of Christ or the people who follow and love God, has been an extension of His hands and feet.
God has called us to be the salt and the light of the world.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16
The goal is to bring honor and glory to God!
Even with the challenge of not meeting together in a particular place, God has brought our hearts together to continue to worship Him in the way we serve His people – by providing food to the needy, shelter to the frontliners, and prayer and comfort to the anxious and grieving. Through these, many will come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as we continue to demonstrate and declare the gospel. The gospel of Jesus Christ is more powerful and potent than the virus we are facing now. It does not only provide temporary relief or comfort, but offers hope of a fruitful life here on earth and a promise of eternal life.
Let us continue to spur one another in keeping the faith. The God that we worship, who created the Heavens and the Earth, neither slumbers not sleeps. He is in full control and will always be Sovereign above all. Let us fix our eyes on Him and continue to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit as to what He wants us to do or say to the people around us – physically and online. How would God want us to respond in different situations we find ourselves in during this crisis?
A hundred years from now, this pandemic will be in the history books.
What will history say about the church?
I love what Ptr Adam Mabry said from our Every Nation Boston Church, “I believe this is our best moment.”
Let’s embrace it, and let’s engage.