In Matthew 6, Jesus tells how the health of an eye affects the entire body. This is a pretty confusing statement, but it gets even more confusing when you realize it’s in the context of a bunch of other teachings about money. So, what does the eye have to do with money?
Peter wrote his first letter to a church whose world had been turned upside down like ours has, a group of believers who had been scattered all over the world through political and religious persecution. Everything in their lives was uncertain; their communities had been shattered; their worlds were totally rocked.
You are cut to the heart when you realize that it was your sin that put Jesus on the cross—when you see Jesus looking at you. It was your refusal to submit to God’s authority, your rebellious attitude to your parents, and your insistence on always doing things your way for which Jesus died.
Most of us have never stepped into a moment like the one we are currently experiencing. And in the haze of the unknown, we might ask how we can possibly make a difference. But while our coronavirus situation is new, the church’s calling has not changed.
When Paul talks about wisdom in areas where Scripture is not clear, he makes it clear that unity is more important than uniformity. Many Christians would agree. But this is easier said than done.
The global scope and seriousness of the coronavirus are great. What we need to see is that God’s purposes during this time are greater. God is not waiting for the coronavirus to ebb before he can move again. He will work even in this pandemic to make his name known.
When was the last time you went to bed with Jesus’ second coming on your mind, thinking, “It could be tonight” or got up in the morning with the thought, “Today might be the day”? We are so frantically busy taking care of our daily needs that we never even think about it, much less make sure we are telling others about it.
The evidence for the resurrection is clear for all who want to see it. When the angel told the women going to visit the tomb, “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay” (Matthew 28:6 NIV), it was a public invitation. The empty tomb was there for all who wanted to come and see it. So, why didn’t everyone come and see?
In this season, when you’re tempted to isolate emotionally and spiritually as well as physically, it’s important to move forward in faith, not backward in fear. Christian witnesses throughout history have been known for hope, faith, and self-sacrifice, following a Savior who ran toward tragedy and pain, not away from it.
Jesus once asked, “Can any of you add one moment to his life span by worrying?” (Matthew 6:27 CSB) No! Worry doesn’t add anything to your life. It doesn’t make you healthier. It doesn’t make you happier. It doesn’t even affect one bit whether or not something happens