“Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
In my mind, I’m a medieval lady caged up in my castle, hoping to avoid the plague of the Black Death as my peasants flee to the countryside and my armies are thrown into chaos. As you can tell, I’m a romantic living quietly in her home during the age of the coronavirus.
In my last blog, I touched on something that I would like to explore further. As long as the coronavirus lasts, Christians have a major opportunity to spread the Gospel—not only by how we respond to fear, but by our efforts to reach out to others in a time when everyone else keeps their distance.
Not that you should intentionally invade others’ space, or that if you are sick, you should run out into the shopping centers and sneeze in people’s faces. Please stay healthy and try to keep others healthy, too!
But staying at home obviously has a huge effect on how much we socialize and communicate with each other. As an introvert, it is tempting for me to take this time for myself. Before the virus, it always seemed like I never had enough time to be alone, and now here is my chance at last! I could easily spend my days relaxing with my laptop, reading, listening to music, journaling and scrapbooking, etc., etc.
But in John 20:21, Jesus calls his disciples to outreach, to consider others’ interests and well-being. We should still be committed to caring and serving others despite the coronavirus. Proverbs 18:1 says, “One who has isolated himself seeks his own desires; he rejects all sound judgment.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 states that, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.”
And finally Hebrews 10:24-25 adds, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
With the technology of today, it is easy to still keep in touch. My family watches church services online, listening and singing along to worship songs. My dad continues to lead community groups through Facetime. My mom prays with her brothers and sisters through calls.
In other words, we should never let a disease get in the way of our community. This is an occasion for us to continue to love and serve others in the name of Christ. Perhaps you might call an old friend today or discuss ways to serve the church online with your pastor. You could send inspiring gifts to others. Our “Pray Don’t Worry” Women’s Long Sleeve Baseball Jersey would be a wonderful encouragement for anyone who’s afraid during these times. Alternatively, check out our “John 3:16 True Love” Women’s Short Sleeve Baseball Jersey to remind yourself to spread the news of the Gospel.