* Caution… I’m preaching to myself, so strong words ahead!
After a year of “stay home” we can become complacent and think, “I’m saving lives by staying home”. And maybe that is legitimate for a person who does not know Christ or a person who is not sharing the good news of the cross with anyone. But as Christians, our refusing to interact with the rest of the world should be costing people eternity in hell. This price is much too high compared to a possible fight against a virus that could lead to physical death in some. We are meant to be light in a dark world! ( I in no means want people to die! I sympathize with those who have lost loved ones, to any disease or in any way.)
What we cannot stop is the inevitability of death. Unless Jesus returns first, you and I will die. What comes afterwards is so much greater and longer than this life that our lives on this earth are compared to the grass of the fields that is here today and gone tomorrow. If we are living for this life, to prolong it the most we can, to be happy and healthy and safe and not preparing for the next, we are gravely mistaken in our priorities.
I want to encourage you to live without fear and without regret. God does not count us responsible for things we cannot control. But we are responsible for things that we should be doing and don’t. (James 4:17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them)
I’m not saying, “run around irresponsibly”! But as Christians we are responsible to share the good news that we have with the lost world, even at the cost of our reputation, no matter what others think of us. While you might be doing that from home, the point is to bring more people to Christ. It is unfathomably irresponsable to not share God’s great plan of deliverance from the power of sin and penalty for it, which leads to 100% death. In a time when so many are afraid of death let’s consider our own life as nothing and bring hope to the world.
Matthew 10:28 ESV
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.