As a family, we were quarantined before it was cool. Not because of COVID-19, but because of a stomach virus that made its way through our house for OVER A WEEK! Now that we are (hopefully) over the bug we are forced to deal with the reality of the coronavirus.
Although it seems that life may be standing still, we are confident that God’s mission is NOT and there are lots of ways that we can live as a family on mission in this season.
Here are some things that we are doing as a family to stay on mission:
We often hear people say something like, “I can’t do anything about it, but I’ll at least pray for it.” Somehow we have the tendency to view prayer as the lowest level of service we can offer, when in reality, scripture teaches us time and time again that prayer is one of the most powerful tools that a believer has been given the ability to wield!
During this season, devote intentional time to pray as a family. Pray for the health of people around you. Pray for a speedy recovery of this situation. Pray for the BILLIONS of people searching for hope. Pray for the Church of Jesus Christ to step out and point people to the only real hope found in the gospel.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect. Elijah was a human being as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the land. Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land produced its fruit.Jame 5:16-18
Worship is much more than singing a song, but rather giving great worth to a God that is infinitely worthy! Take time to read stories from God’s Word, pull up a song on YouTube, or join in on one of the many different online gatherings that are available.
We tuned into Rend Collective’s “Socially Distant Worship Club” livestream on Facebook the other day and it was so good for our souls!
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.Acts 2:42
3. LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR
Due to the nature of social distancing and/or quarantine many people around us are going to have needs. We aren’t built for complete isolation and now is a great time to practice loving your neighbor.
Take a walk around the block with some note cards to write your name and number. Be bold to share your info, offer to lend a hand, and give the reason for the hope that you have. The Bible says a lot about what happens when believers simply love their neighbors.
I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.John 13:34-35
4. BE PATIENT
Long periods of time in the same situation, with the same people, can often lead to annoyance and irritation. Whether it’s with the situation outside your home or the one right in front of you, now is a good time to remember to be patient and trust the Lord for the sake of the mission!
“Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”Eph. 4:1-3