For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,
looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
Is it possible to reach people while laws like social distancing and lockdown are in place? Of course! Now, more than ever, small things count.
Let’s do a reality check. Think about your own anxiety during these uncertain times. Do you feel at the end of your rope? Fearful? Hopeless? If this pandemic doesn’t concern you at all — praise God. I’m very much having ups and downs and know that I have to stay close, very close, to the LORD. It is at the Feet of Jesus, and only at His Feet, that I’m comforted, strengthened, and have hope to continue living.
Let’s do a reality check on others. Watch the people while you are going for a walk or shopping in the supermarket. Check out how they are reacting. See the look on their faces? Sad? Tense? Scowl? Listen to them talk. Aggressive? Bitter? Fearful? Accusing? Finding it hard to smile?
The church is always as its best when the people of God are different from the surrounding culture.
How are we, as the people of God, different from others? We have a Hope laid up for us in heaven! We have Christ Jesus, the Hope of glory, in us. We belong and are kept by the One who made heaven and earth! Christ is our solid Rock a very present Help in times of troubles.
Others will not ask much about our God when times are good. They might look at us wondering why we are so out of the real world and would choose to live unworldly. This world
is used to be their only reality — until this pandemic brought change.
Time for another reality check. How can we make a difference in today’s culture?