So Covid-19 Changes Our World.

We are certainly living in very strange says. Covid 19 is already changing the face of the church and the face of the world. While many talk about the church being “Shut down” actually it is only “places of worship” that are shut down, the people of God remain the people of God and the church still exists all be it in different circumstances.
 
The COVID-19 epidemic already seems to be making us rethink what we do, who we meet with and indeed even where we go. But as Christians how should we respond .

Fear Not

Firstly we must NOT be driven by fear?

Psalm 27:1 says, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

There are lots of people who are being driven by fear but as Christians we are told to “Fear Not” … Let us not forget that God is still God, He has not changed and neither has His Word. He can give you peace in impossible situations.
 
Philippians 4:6+7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God (7) and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”

Find Safety

As we see COVID-19 presenting a threat to so many things, threatening life, health, work, finances and so much more we need to be wise and make wise decisions.
 
Proverbs 13:20 “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed”
 
At the strange time we need to consider the advice of the wise, those who understand what is going on. Currently our government is advising social distancing and in some cases self isolation and shielding of those who are vulnerable. I personally do not believe they say that lightly or with some ulterior motive, they want to help people avoid catching COVID-19. Yes it seems to disrupt our daily life, our relationships, our economy, and so much more but if we are wise we will come through it quicker and healthier!

Love your neighbor as yourself

The effects of COVID-19 are widespread. Currently we see whole countries shutting down schools, businesses, cinemas, restaurants and large and small gatherings of people. Already there we are seeing people who are self-quarantining at home who may not have the food, medicines, and supplies and may not be able to get them through the 14 day quarantine.

Jesus meant it when he said, “Love your neighbour as yourself,”, as Christians we cannot ignore the needs and vulnerabilities of those who live around us. If the disease is not likely to be fatal to you, then you are still responsible to not spread it so that the elderly or weaker people around you contract it. Loving your neighbour also means checking on your elderly neighbour, perhaps bringing food and medication to someone struggling to get out. Loving your neighbour may mean picking up a phone, sending an email, contacting someone who may be lonely or feeling depressed. Loving your neighbour means caring about those around you.

Join with Christians throughout the ages who lived as heroes when their neighbors needed them most. Join with Jesus who “did not consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,” Philippians 2:6-7.