Right now, we're seeing a rapid rise in concern, as more and more people are getting tested and diagnosed with the Covid-19/Corona Virus. I think it is right to be concerned, disciplined, and prepared. We need to be considerate of others, and do what we're convicted to in times like these. Believer in Christ, I have to ask this, though: where was all this concern for our neighbor's welfare before the pandemic? We're concerned for physical health and needs to be met, but what about eternity? I am talking not to you, but to me. When we look after our physical needs, but ignore the spiritual, as Dr. Eitan Bar said (Of when we just throw money at Israel without giving them Yeshua [Jesus in Hebrew]) "we're just sending them to hell with full stomachs." People need health and safety, absolutely, but what good is it when we have all we need Physically, but are dead spiritually? If we're not alive in Christ, are we alive at all? I have to ask, dear Christian, what good is it if we're filling stomachs, but not giving away Christ? I was talking to a guy yesterday who said when he was a young man, he moved around a bit, often staying with Christians. Now, as he is older, he wonders why Christians would meet his physical needs, but never share the Gospel with him? Let us not be the cause for someone to wonder any longer, but boldly, as we meet the physical needs, fulfill that spiritual longing all people have. I have to ask: If we're so concerned with holding on to this life, or helping others to, are we really as concerned as we say/sing on Sundays with eternity? Church, I have to ask (I have to...over and again): are we fulfilling the Great Commandment, and Great Commission? If not, we need to do a heart check, submit to God, and ask "Lord, what would you have me do?" It is time to put on Christ, and submit to the Holy Spirit, as we've been commissioned. It is time to walk in the newness of life so that others may see and know the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are still in business. James 1:19-27 English Standard Version (ESV)
Hearing and Doing the Word
19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.