I think the thing that has frustrated me the most over the past year and a bit, is how what is going on in the world is causing us to turn on one another! It is why I have deleted my social media on and off! It is why I have had moments of anxiety where before I had none! It is why I find "lock-down mentality" comforting. If I don't need to engage with people then I can stay relatively calm and unaffected! Right? No, very wrong!
How can we be of any use to Jesus if we hide out in our homes? How can I relate to people in such a way that they feel seen, heard, understood, if we don't make the effort to break loose from this "thing" that has been foisted on us?
Truth be told I enjoyed lockdown. I'm a homebody and I enjoyed not having the responsibility of going anywhere. But, it is a responsibility! Relating to people is required of us as Christians. I have allowed this time to lock myself down too much.
Now that we have more freedom of movement I find it is a decision I have to make to get out, go to church, connect with a friend. It doesn't come naturally! I have to talk myself into it. But, the rewards of doing so are enormous.
I write this for 2 reasons:
- To encourage you, as I try encourage myself, lets get out there.
- Let us find opportunities to share Jesus, to be loving, to stand for truth where the devil tries to divide us.
- God has not given us a spirit of fear 2 Tim 1 vs 6 - 7: (6) For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, (7) for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
- Meet with your Christian friends, go to church (where you are allowed to) Heb 10 vs 25: Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
- Be a light scripture - Matt 5 vs 16: In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Let us not let the ways of the world, and those who "lead" the world, steal our joy, our faith in Christ, our hope in Christ, and our relationships.