(Guest Writer-helper, Lyzander Doyle, Age 9) So my 9 year old (and oldest son, Lyzander) is in my office this morning, it's just he and I, and we were talking with one another about what is important in sharing our faith with others. Now, keep in mind, this is HIS question, but it's something I think so many adults have also been wondering: How do I share the Gospel in Isolation? As of this writing, much of the country is on lock-down, quarantine, or voluntary self-isolation. Whatever your choice (or if the choice has been made for you), I'm not here to comment on that. However, Lyzander's question is relevant to so many of us right now.
Here are some of Lyzander's solutions to his question:
-Send notes like Paul. We have a lot of technology, but what about writing letters to one another? Consider what a hand-written note might do for someone. E-mails and text messages are great as well, but we also have the ability to pick up a phone and call, many times through video chat. Reach out to someone. Love them, and then share Jesus with them, either in the conversation, or by meeting their needs.
-Bible Study with your family: we can do family bible studies while at home, or over group chats, and discover the word of God, and how to apply it to our lives.
-Share things (toilet paper, groceries) with neighbors who may not have enough. You don't have to, necessarily, meet face to face, but you could drop a box or some grocery bags on their porch.
-Check on friends, and older people. If anything, they may not need physical commodities, but you can love them as Jesus loved His friends. Paul wrote MUCH of the New Testament from isolation. He even converted many of his jailers and people who sent him to prison by being a godly example for them. What if we, on our social media, in our homes, and whenever people see us or hear from us, we were an example of Jesus' love to them? Let's consider what Paul wrote in isolation: Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.-Colossians 3:12-17