I want to be honest. I am very tired of the virus. I know I am not alone. Still, I know God is in control. I know that He is sovereign and on His throne. This virus operates in His creation according to the laws of the universe that God has established. We can count on that. While I in no way suggest that the virus is the same as the gospel, I got to pondering and felt that I could learn some things from the virus. Here is what I have come up with:
Lesson #1 – The virus spreads.
OK. Most of my “lessons” are statements of the obvious. Still I do not believe we should discount this. Christians are supposed to be in the spreading business. The parable of the sower teaches us that we are to spread the good news of Jesus far and wide. As we do, the truth of the gospel will resonate and grow. With some, it will multiply 30, 60, or 100 times what has been sown. I really want to be reminded, even by this virus, that we are in the business of exponential growth.
Lesson #2 – The virus can infect anyone.
The virus seems to infect with no regard to ethnicity, geographic location, wealth, gender, age, etc. It does not care about how people feel about themselves or what beliefs they hold. Sometimes it seems that I choose to only share the good news of Jesus with those that are like me. The virus does not do that. It reaches out to all. As the Church, we should also be intentional about looking at our communities, our region, our state, our nation, and our globe to impact all of our culture intentionally and positively with the good news of Jesus.
Lesson #3 – The virus causes people to ponder their own mortality.
Because the virus has led to people leaving the temporary and entering eternity, people across the globe are faced with life and death issues. Jesus also confronted people with life and death. Jesus talked about hell a lot. In fact, He talked about hell more than He talked about heaven. He described hell vividly. Jesus knew, believed, and warned about the reality of hell. It seems that we do not do that much these days. During these challenging days, I believe we should embrace sharing all the truths that Jesus taught, to include sharing, as Jesus did, the reality of hell.
Lesson #4 – The virus is a global event.
This virus has reached around the world. It has engaged the entire globe. Jesus followers are also around the world. Still, there is much work to do as we reach “the ends of the earth.” I pray that the Church, to include every Kansas church, can be a part of the global impact that we are called to have as we share the good news of Jesus.
I am praying that we can be salt and light and that the Church boldly impacts every facet of our society and our lives.
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19