One of the most common statements that you hear these days is that ‘we are in unprecedented days’, and so we are, because of a single virus that has brought the world to its knees and shut down cities, towns, villages and the economies of every country on the globe.
Thousands of people have sadly died through the corona virus and it has shown both the best and worst sides of people as we have tried to cope with its onslaught to the degree that our attention has been taken off everything but the virus. And yet we must not forget the millions who die each year through starvation, Malaria and other curable diseases, that don’t get the same attention as Covid19 has by all the powerful world leaders.
The determination to find a cure for this disease has focused every mind in the medical and political world, and when it’s found it will be used to wipe out this killer disease. So why when we have enough food to feed the hungry and enough drugs to cure most of the other killer diseases in this world aren’t we using the same determination to do so? Maybe it’s because most of the wealthy nations of this world aren’t affected by them, there’s enough food on the shelves of the supermarkets, enough drugs on the shelves of the pharmacy’s to not have to worry about hunger or common illnesses. It’s only when something strikes us personally which we can’t control, that we take notice.
Billions of pounds have and are still being spent to overcome the effects of this virus by every nation that can seemingly afford it, and debts are mounting up so that the economies of the world might stand a chance of recovery. Then what?
Covid19 is completely insignificant to the millions of people who will still die this year through hunger, malaria and other curable diseases as the rest of the world stands by and watches.
As you ponder these thoughts, consider seriously the words of Jesus from Matthew 25:31-46
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
We need to be a light in this dark world, to share the Gospel of Jesus with those who are perishing and to set an example of how to walk with Jesus so that others will follow that example. The world needs to know and see that there is a better way, and we have been commissioned to do that.
Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’
Besides our brother’s and sister’s in Christ, there are people of the world setting the example of Jesus, such as the brave, selfless frontline workers who are prepared to lay down their own lives to save others, people they’ve never met. Yet because of the passion and love that drives them they won’t give up until the job is done, regardless of the cost.
‘Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ John 15:13.
How much more should we be prepared to do the same, and follow the calling of Jesus on our lives and follow His example?
1 John 4:16-17
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgement: in this world we are like Jesus.
The way to make sure we are like Jesus in this world is to listen to what the Spirit is saying to the church in these days, such as ‘Abide in Me’, ‘Obedience’, ‘Surrender’, ‘Love’, ‘Lay down your baggage’ and much more.
God has given us a glimpse as to what can happen to the world through a single virus, just consider what it will look like when He pours out His wrath.
The world is being held captive by fear. Jesus died to set the captives free.
So let God's redeeming Love be that which drives us.
Church, we’re running out of time.
Author: Kevin Hunt
May God bless and enrich your life
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