James 4:13–17 (NKJV)
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
These are crazy times we are living in. Crazy times! Before we go any further, I must say… take Coronavirus very seriously, listen to what the medical community is saying, keep yourself safe. With that being said, we must look at this situation from a Biblical perspective.
Not Promised Tomorrow
As the verses above point out, we are not promised tomorrow. I do not say that to place unneeded fear in your lives, but to provide a warning. We have a set amount of time on this earth. The average lifespan is currently 72.6 years according to the United Nations, or 26, 499 days, or 635,976 hours, or 38,158,560 minutes… and that is a whole lot of seconds. The point is not how many minutes we have left, it is what we are going to do with those minutes. There is panic in the streets and fear everywhere you look. You hold the key to eternal promise in your hand. You have a relationship with the one person that can provide real hope. How scared would you be if you did not have an eternal focus?
Preach It On The Rooftops
1 Peter 3:15 instructs... (15) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear... We want to fully respect the government’s request for social distancing, but, there is no time better to spread the hope of Christ with a world that is desperately seeking any semblance of hope. Always be ready to give a defense for that hope. You do not have to be the word’s greatest preacher to deliver the Gospel. The one thing you have that nobody else does is your testimony. Be ready to tell the world what the Lord has done in your life, you may be surprised how powerful that can be. Show the world that your hope is not in some vaccination or some wonder drug, your hope is in Christ now, tomorrow, and if we are given another 40 years, it will be with Him then too.
It is important to take this pandemic seriously, but it is equally important to remember where our hope lies. This pandemic can pull us apart physically, but it will never be able to take away the hope we have in Christ. Praise God if you walk in that hope… but also remember and pray for those that have not met Him yet. If you have a chance to defend your faith, do so lovingly, the world needs Him more than ever before!
Acts 2:38 (NKJV)
38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.