Yes many of us miss the in-person worship, praise and fellowship that takes place in THE BUILDING…
…But, are you actively looking for opportunities to do the work that takes place OUTSIDE THE BUILDING?
Are you looking for opportunities to make disciples either in person or in cyberspace? Hey! WHAT IS SECRET, CYBER MINISTRY…
Matthew 28:19 NKJV
19 Go [a]therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Are you looking for opportunities to do good to what Yeshua called, “The least of them..”
Matthew 25:37-46 (NKJV)
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
44 “Then they also will answer [a]Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Are you looking for opportunities to be a blessing and answered prayer to someone in need?
1 John 3:16-18 (NASB)
16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his [a]heart [b]against him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
James 2:15-17 (KJV)
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
And, our you making sure that God is sovereign and established in your home?
Joshua 24:15 (NKJV)
15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of [a]the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
The fact is that during a pandemic, there are even MORE opportunities to help people in need and share an example of God’s love because there are even more people in need.
In a pandemic there are even more atheists digging deeper into their unbelief and even more believers questioning their faith.
In our current social and political climate hearts are becoming harder, hatred is speaking louder and acting out more viciously and we have even more opportunities to be light.
Maybe God is trying to give the church an opportunity to RETHINK worship, praise and service.
Maybe God is trying to give the church an opportunity to prove it’s not just about just assembling together…some feeling as though they are doing God a favor…others who treat church as a ‘holy’ social club… and others who enjoy the fellowship, word, worship and praise, but neglect the responsibilities of discipleship.
Maybe God is giving the church the opportunity that it can survive underground just as the church had to do in previous generations.