For many people in America, the coronavirus was something happening “over there” just a few weeks ago. And now this weekend, we are holding services online because we can’t physically assemble as normal.Truthfully, the coronavirus is one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, and suffering. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news.
Where there is suffering, there’s an opportunity to love. Show the love of God by humbling yourself enough to extend kindness to someone who is hurting. This is the perfect opportunity to began to plant the gospel seed into the lives of others, such as friends, co-workers, children, grandchildren, or even strangers. God takes what you plant and adds to it. — 1 Corinthians 3:6:9
Planting Spiritual Seeds
We challenge Pines Baptist Church members to look beyond its own concerns and awaken to the opportunity. While much of the secular world’s response to the virus has been inward-looking, driven by fear, Christian's should see COVID-19 situation presents a God-given chance to shine in the darkness of the moment.
Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.
Here’s how to do it:
Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed. Love in small ways. Grand gestures are nice, but they’re not always required.
Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
Avoid every semblance of prejudice or racism.
Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family.
Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel.