Right now, if you’re feeling like you’re in a death moment, you are not alone. A lot of other people are in very similar situations. More importantly, you’re not alone, because Jesus has been there, and is right here with you now.
For us as we enter Holy week and get ready for Easter, Jesus dying on the cross for our sins, that Jesus came to give his life for us and to serve us. What does that mean for us today? Are we giving our lives for one another? Are we here to serve one another or are we demanding to be served?
For me, I love this idea of servant leadership. That the way to lead is by serving others. To serve the least and lost around you. Are you paying attention to them, lifting them up, trying to help them be a part of the Kingdom of God?
As we celebrate Palm Sunday, quarantined at home, how can you take the role of the servant, and pay attention to the least and lost around you. Maybe it’s to the people in your house. Maybe it’s like the girls drawing pictures to mail to the nursing homes. How can you take time to love God, Love others, and love yourself?
We can think about this as a Chrysalis phase. We were caterpillars, now we’ve all got hulled up in our cocoons. Depending on the work we do, we have to opportunity to emerge as beautiful butterflies. Take this time and look to the eternal investments you can make, both in yourself and in other people.
we cannot underestimate the value of the way we share the Gospel by the way we live… whether faithless or true, the gospel according to you. What does your life proclaim about the Good News of Jesus Christ? Do people see the truth and love of Jesus in your life? Hope? Peace? Joy? Grace?
A ton of good came out of an incredibly difficult situation. Most of the new testament is written by Paul in the form of letters to churches and people. Many of those letters come while Paul is quarantined. Maybe it was called prison, but still. This is giving us a bunch of time to do something different. What are you doing with your time?
We don’t know what the future will hold, but we know God, through the Holy Spirit will be with us. Now I’m not thinking about 5 years down the road, I’m thinking about tomorrow, next week. And there is the potential for all of this to bring an incredible amount of stress to all of us. We can find hope and rest in God.
When my girls were little and said, “I can’t.” We tried to teach them Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” We are being faced with a lot of “can’ts” right now. One of the great things I have learned walking with God, is that our obstacles are simply opportunities for God to show off. None of this is a surprise to God, our job is to pray and find the path through it.
There is huge part that is an ongoing, growing, learning relationship with God through the Holy Spirit. I can’t explain that in a short video. For that, you’ll have to come to church this Sunday. What do you need to do to start devoting yourself to the Apostles’ teaching? It’s a life-long process. What’s your next step?