At the time of this blog post, we are in the midst of dealing with COVID-19 and the implications of trying to slow the spread of a virus. Such implications include various restrictions and limits that are affecting public schools, restaurants, churches, etc.
But in the midst of this season, I want to remind you of what you, as a believer in Christ, can still do. While some of our daily and weekly rhythms may be interrupted, may we be reminded of rhythms that are undercurrents to our way of life in Christ despite the circumstances. May the Lord teach and grow us in these areas, in this unique stretch of time. *In no particular order and not an exhaustive list.
Reject living in fear
1 Timothy 1:7: For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Trust in the Lord
Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Pray and watch
Psalm 5:1-3: Listen to my words, Lord; consider my sighing. Pay attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for I pray to you. In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you and watch expectantly.
Love in action and truth
1 John 3:16-18: This is how we have come to know love: He laid down his life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has this world’s goods and sees a fellow believer in need but withholds compassion from him—how does God’s love reside in him? Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in action and in truth.
Share the Good News with clarity, grace, and truth
Colossians 4:2-6: Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains, so that I may make it known as I should. Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.
Enjoy extended time with the Lord in His Word
See all of Psalm 119
Psalm 95:1-2: Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
Encourage one another
1 Thessalonians 5:11: Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.
Pray for our leaders
1 Timothy 2:1-2a: First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority