A Great Opportunity During a World Wide Crisis

The impact the corona virus is making on our world is unprecedented. No one knows for sure what the extent of damage will be, but it looks like our entire planet is in for a rough ride. Yet in the middle of all this chaos, we as believers have a tremendous opportunity to share the love of Jesus and experience Acts 2 living. Acts 2:44-47 says, "Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved."

In this scenario, the believers had the opportunity to physically be together, share things in common, and experience true Christian community.  I'm not sure if western culture is set up to ever experience anything like these early Christians did, but it's interesting how times of great crisis can help all of us evaluate what really matters in this life.  The closest I've ever come to this type of living was when the eye of Hurricane Rita came right over over our community (Lumberton, Texas) and our area was out of power 2-3 weeks depending on where you lived, and many peoples' houses had trees through their roofs.  All the neighbors got together and shared meals...whoever's food was going to ruin first determined where we would eat. Since the power was out, we used grills or outdoor gas burners to cook. Even though this was a hard time, it was also a rich time of connection with others, each person depending on others...people pouring out love like I've never seen.  People from our church gathered each day for mission opportunities, and we would have worship and fellowship like I had never experienced.

So, as we are told to isolate ourselves from others to prevent the spread of a virus, how can we experience Christian community? Even though we are not supposed to meet together in person, through tools on the internet, there are many ways we can reach out. Use this opportunity to connect with some people you haven't seen in a while, maybe people who have been absent from church. Ask your church leaders to provide you with some names of prospects for your church, and reach out to them. Since you can't go to church in person, have family worship and Bible reading in your home. Think of other ways to make the most of this time. May the Lord bless you as you seek Him during this time.

Cary Tolar