Are you answering the call?
In times of crisis like Covid-19, there are two ways you can approach what is going on around you. Firstly, you could double-down and create for yourself a fortress of protection. Or alternatively, you could look at the opportunities that are available right now.
For the church right now, there is a tremendous opportunity for us to answer the call. Now more than ever people of all ages are asking a lot of questions about life. They are wondering when, or if, things will get back to normal. They are pondering what it means if a family member or friend contracts coronavirus. And they are contemplating what life is all about, both now and for the future.
In that context we have an awesome opportunity to answer those questions and more. We know that through Jesus we have those answers and so many more, and that's why I think this time is such a wonderful opportunity for the church to stand tall and be a voice of hope during these challenging times.
1 Timothy 4:10 CEV tells us "We have put our hope in the living God, who is the Saviour of everyone, but especially of those who have faith. That’s why we work and struggle so hard." Jesus died so that everyone would receive hope for now, and also for all of eternity. He is the Saviour for everyone, even if some don't know that yet.
How we connect and bring that hope into the lives of those who don't know Jesus does not really matter. The methods may have changed (and expanded) but the message remains the same - Jesus loves you and wants to have a personal relationship with you.
Let's take this opportunity right now to invite people into the presence of God. You might have asked them to join you at a regular church service but perhaps that was too uncomfortable or confronting for them. Now, with churches online, they have the opportunity to encounter God from the comfort of their living room, home office or even the toilet!
Is the Holy Spirit prompting you right now to answer the call? It might be as simple as having a God conversation on the phone with someone, inviting them to your online church gathering or even setting up a zoom group where you can regularly gather together with your pre-saved family and friends.
Let's answer the call of God during this season and believe for our communities to be transformed as they invite Jesus into their homes and hearts.