How Does a Christian Respond? By now, all of you have seen the news coverage. Major sports leagues have suspended their seasons and events with big crowds are canceled. On top of that, we actually know very little about the virus other than the symptoms and that it spreads quickly. It can cause fear and panic. Maybe you are feeling it. The question is, how do we respond as Christians?
1. Do not be afraid.
“Pastor, how in the world could you possibly say that?” I’m not. Jesus is. “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32.
Jesus tells us not to be afraid. Why? Because our Father has been pleased to give us the kingdom. THE Kingdom. The one where moth and rust can’t destroy. Where no sickness, disease, or death exists. The kingdom purchased and won for you through the death and resurrection of Jesus our Savior. Your sins are forgiven and eternal life is yours. No virus can change that!
But God doesn’t leave you on your own until then. Instead, God promises He is in control of ALL things. He never slumbers nor sleeps. He is actively ruling over this world for the good of His people. That includes you! That doesn’t mean He will always answer the way you want, but it does mean He has your eternal interest at heart. He is on your side AND at your side at all times. Whether awake, asleep, healthy or sick, Jesus promises to never leave or forsake you. He will be with you every moment of this life and the next. So do not be afraid.
2. Let your light shine.
There is something inspiring about a person who is confident, peaceful, and fearless in the midst of chaos. Because Jesus has changed your life, YOU are that person. You are confident knowing Jesus has forgiven you and not even the grave can separate you from your Savior’s love.
People are craving that kind of peace and confidence right now. They are looking for something to take their fears away. You have that “something.” It’s Jesus! He’s changed your life and He will change theirs too. Introduce others to Jesus by sharing the reason for the confidence you have at a time like this.
Your light will also shine when you boldly live these words, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7