What Can Christians Do During the Coronavirus?  - Finds.Life.Church

What Can Christians Do During the Coronavirus? 

by finds.life

At the writing of this post, we are experiencing a health crisis, fueled by the coronavirus (COVID-19) that’s gained more attention and a greater response than many of us have seen in our lifetimes. We don’t have to list all the cancellations and closings that you’re experiencingbecause you’re experiencing them. Sadly, families around the world are grieving the loss of loved ones, and all of us are experiencing a flood of ever-changing information. So, what can Jesus followers do to live out their faith and be the Church in their community during the coronavirus?

Be Wise 

God made you to live with couragenot to create chaos. So wash your hands, practice excellent hygiene, and follow the guidance of health professionals in your community, state, and nation. If you think you may be sick, take precautions, get tested, and know that minimal symptoms for you could become life-threatening for some of the most vulnerable people. And wasn’t it Jesus who often reminded us to protect the most vulnerable? So, if you are, or might be, sick with COVID-19, do everything in your ability to love all your neighbors well by following the recommendations of your governmental health authority. Choose to stay home, if that’s an option for you. Our senior pastor, Craig Groeschel, chose to do exactly that when he self-quarantined for 14 days after discovering that he had been exposed while traveling in Germany. He didn’t do it because he was scared; he did it to protect others. 

Be Faithful

Now is not the time to stop giving your heart, time, resources, and energy to the work God is doing through your local church. So many churches, like Life.Church, are doubling efforts during this time with services online, more content like this post, Bible Plans in the YouVersion Bible App, and partnerships with local organizations to serve the most vulnerable. Church is not on pause, it’s powered up and inviting people to be a light during this difficult season. We need you. Ask your local church how you can be most effective and helpful in your community. 

Be the Church

We don’t just go to church, we are the Church, and we exist for the world. Being a Jesus follower means you’re part of the body of Christ. We may represent many different churches and denominations, but we are one body with many different parts. We’re the flesh and bones of what Jesus is doing in the world. That means for Jesus to be with people who are mourning, anxious, sick, afraid, hurt economically, and worried about tomorrow, we are going to have to live out our faith every day, not just once a week. If your church building needs to close on the weekend in order to join together with the community to stop the spread of this virus, that doesn’t mean your church is closed, because you are the Church! How will you be Jesus in your community every day?

Here are just a few ways you can be the peace, hope, and light of Christ in your community. Please be mindful of the specific situation in your community and follow guidelines provided by local health authorities. 

Finally, keep following Jesus. Set your focus on Him and let Him be your peace. Here’s what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church in trying times:

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Philippians 4:6-7 MSG

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