These are interesting days that we are living in, as around the world people continue “Social Distancing.” May are saying this is a new term “Social Distancing” but in fact it is not, it is a term that has been used in the social sciences when the alarm was sounded about our dependence on phones, and computers. The research was all telling us that there was a growing social distance between people because of technology and the lack of face to face interaction.
Today we are using the same tech last month we said was tearing us apart, to actually close our social distance, and make us feel closer together. What a world.
How many of you were able to see a worship service yesterday online? How many of you had multiple options to choose from? How many people watched a church service online yesterday that has never stepped foot inside a church? How many people watched a service who stepped away from the church over hurt or bitterness?
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Ephesians 5:15-17 (ESV)
Paul in these words reminds us to make the “best use of our time( (ESV), the NIV reads to “make the most of every opportunity.” Why? because the days are evil, how very true that is. We do live in evil days, we are under an attack from a world that is falling apart due to the persistent effects of sin in the world. Some might say this is punishment for sin, I don’t know the mind of God, and he has not shared that with me, but I do know it is a result of sin. All sickness in the world is a result of broken humanity, and creation feeling the effects of sin.
These days provide us with a renewed opportunity to look at verse 17th from Ephesians 5. “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” We need to take the time to see what is the will of the Lord. Is it his will for us all to be healed from this virus? Is it his will that we get sick as punishment? The answer to both of these questions is “I don’t know.” So let’s look at what we do know.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
1 Timothy 2:1-6 (ESV)
Paul reminds Timothy what we do not about the will of God he desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. There you have it the ultimate good and gracious will of God is for all people to be saved. Let’s make the most of these days, and use whatever means lie at our disposal to proclaim Christ to the World, to make him known.
We are blessed to be a blessing, rather than “sharing” the latest coronavirus new, or personal gripe or frustration, lets “Share” the real needs we have, so that we all can respond with love and support, Let’s “share” the latest God sighting in our life, that moment when you realized God was present in your day. Let’s “Share” that Bible verse or song video or online sermon that ministered to you, and will bring hope to others. Let keep the sharing of germs down, and lets “sanitize” the world with New Hope, New Joy And New Life through compassionate relationships built on faith in Jesus Christ!