Tired yet? Weary? I know I am! I am so ready for the pandemic, this political and social climate to be over! I was asking myself the other day why is it that I am so done with all this? John 17:14-16 says, "I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world". So it is no wonder we feel so frustrated at times with the way things are in the world, it is not our world!
We belong to something more. The question is - How will the church survive a pandemic, political division and social division?
Ephesians 5 tells us to (14) wake up from your sleep, climb out of your coffins; christ will show you the light! (15) So watch your step! Use your head! (16) Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! (17) Don't live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants (18) Don't drink too much wine. That cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of God, hugh draughts of him (19) Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ. (20) Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5 (21) Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another (22) Wives understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ (23) The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. (24) So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands. We are to stay focused on the Word and on our families. Guard our relationships with God and others.
So, let us have hope, Romans 15:13 - "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 5:1 "Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God".
As your Pastor, I continue to reach out in all ways to spread the Gospel. I continue with my family to meet people on their front lawns and phone calls to check in. The Johnson's continue to pray for what God has in store for us and the Church. We appreciate your patience in this process as COVID has slowed all things down. Thanks and God bless.
Your Brother In Christ, Pastor Dan Johnson