Pastor’s Ponderings: April 2020

by John Armstrong
 

I don’t know about you, but I would like someone to say, “April Fool!” and then we could all get back to our regular routine and this would all be just a strange memory.  However, that is not going to happen.  We find ourselves in the midst of a national crisis the likes of which have not been seen since World War II.  We are in a crisis that has gripped the entire globe and is wreaking havoc upon us in many different ways.  Obviously, there is the specter of the Covid-19 virus itself that is threatening our health and potentially our very lives.  The measures we are taking to prevent the spread of this disease are devastating our economy and we expect to come out on the other side of this in a very different world than what we were experiencing even a month ago.  Whom among us would have thought we would be doing our Sunday morning worship service with YouTube being the primary means of accessing that worship?  A month ago I would have said maybe for some folks who are having to stay home for one reason or another, but I never would have imagined at that point that we wouldn’t be able to gather in groups numbering more than 10.  It is almost overwhelming to take it all in.

 

So, what are we supposed to do with all of this?  We do what the true disciples of Christ have always done.  We turn to the Lord in prayer.  We turn to the Lord in Bible Study and Worship.  We turn to our neighbors and show them the love of Christ.  Who is my neighbor?  My neighbor is my spouse, my children, those living in the same house with me.  My neighbor is the person living next door or down the street or across town or in another state or even another country.  There are two kinds of neighbors, just like there are two kinds of people.  There are those who are trusting by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and there are those that are not.  So as we work to show the love of Christ we follow the injunction of Scripture that says, “9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:9-10).

Let us love our brothers and sisters and fathers and mothers in Christ and let us not stop there but let us love those who don’t know Jesus yet.  May God the Holy Spirit work through us to show people the love of Jesus in our actions and in our words.  Do your neighbors see Jesus in you?  My prayer is that the Holy Spirit would indeed make that true in my life as I have opportunity to reach out to others.  I watched a great short video put out by our own Dr. Lloyd Kim, the Director of Mission to the World for the PCA.  He highlighted the fact that we are living in the midst of God doing something big in our own time.  Is this the gateway to revival like we have prayed for?  Let’s continue to pray for revival.  Pray expectantly, pray that God would use you.  Pray that God would use Faith Church.  Pray for strength and wisdom, pray for safety and health, but most of all pray for God’s great revival to come to His people and that we would respond in faith and repentance and that we would rise up and be the church.  All for His glory!  Come Quickly Lord Jesus!