As news comes in from many sources around the world, it is evident that Christians are taking the “stay-at-home” restrictions to do even greater evangelism. Even with the pressure of certain governments to limit the activity of individuals and forbid gathering, followers of Jesus are using electronics as a highway for the gospel. People are downloading the Bible app on their phones in hundreds of languages. There is a hunger for the “living water” like never before (John 7:37-39).
Many look at the current situation as very limiting; most churches are not able to physically meet, but those who sense the need of fellowship and continual teaching in the Word find ways to meet on-line. While these are not ideal, we must foster growth in the body of Christ and evangelism in whatever way we can in times like these.
There was another dark time in history. Israel had shut their ears to the prophets; worship had become an empty form that God called “profane” (Malachi 1:12). Marriage was violated and demeaned with unfaithfulness (2:13-16). Workers were being oppressed (3:5) and God was being robbed (3:6-9). “Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape” (3:15). Does any of this sound familiar? But then…
“Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before Him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed His name” (3:16). In those difficult times, no one forced them to speak with each other. It was their “fear” of the Lord, or deep respect for Him, that drove them to encourage one another in the path of devotion, true worship and genuine service. Let’s follow their example.
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