Still worshiping!

Dear Friends, 
Do you wonder if God is saying to the world, “Be still and know that I am God; exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.”?  Psalm 46:10

We are worshiping together again in the church, while practicing physical distancing and face masks are highly encouraged. It is each person’s responsibility to take precaution in order to limit the possibility of infecting others.

Of all people, Christians should have no fear of death, the step into reality of true life with God!
2 Corinthians 5:1 – 2, 8 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling. 8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

While as believers in Jesus Christ we are not afraid of death it is our responsibility to choose life. It is not our right to put others at harm, even unintentionally. That is the problem with the coronavirus – people may not know they are infected, meanwhile they’re shedding the virus, unwittingly causing it to spread.

The US is in the stage when extreme measures are being taken to keep this virus from spreading as much as possible. The restrictions may seem insane and over the top fear-mongering. But would you rather take precautions for the sake of others or unknowingly cause someone’s illness and even perhaps death – someone who may not know the saving work of the Lord Jesus Christ who paid the price for our sins?

We take precautions not from fear for ourselves but from the desire to keep our loved ones and friends healthy.

God wants us to live in ways that take into account the community’s health. There are many references in the Old Testament for cleanliness and minimizing exposure to communicable diseases. God knows how rampantly infections and disease will spread through a community of people who don’t take precaution. He set up firm guidelines to keep people from contaminating each other. Yes, we’re in a completely different era far removed from wandering the desert without benefit of medical knowledge and intervention but infections are spread in the same way as they were then.

If you have underlying health problems or live / work with someone who does and can’t risk being exposed please know that God doesn’t need us to be in a church building to worship Him. Some people’s best worship experiences come from being alone with God: Listening to Him, reading His Word – the Textbook for living an abundant life in Jesus.

God can use this time to give His people a renewed zeal for Him, a fresh vision, an eagerness to see where His will leads us!

This is just a season, one in which I believe God wants us to grow in new ways:

More compassionate
More reflective
More aware of Him, of others
More in tuned with Him

Less need to be on the go, to be doing busyness of life, needing entertainment to amuse us.

Let’s use this time well to dig deep into the fullness of God, to restore rest and health and wellbeing.
Thankful for His abundant goodness, joy and everlasting love!

Rejoice in the day and may the peace of God fill you! I encourage you all to read the Gospel of John.
If that seems too overwhelming, read chapters 6 – 8.

Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Wanda Jenkins, Pastor

 

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