As the world continues its descent into chaos over a global health crisis, it provides a unique
opportunity to check on our spiritual health. With houses of worship shut down, Satan would love to use this opportunity to separate believers, sow fear and discord among His children, and stop every opportunity to witness. Unfortunately for him, we have many tools available to continue our witness.
I have seen countless missionaries and many churches, including Sharon Baptist Church, using social media to spread the good news of the gospel. I am asked a lot by my coworkers what God's plan through all of this is. I can honestly say to them that whatever is going on in life or in the world, God's plan has never changed. Everything is centered around an opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior! That is it. It is what our eternal destination depends on. It is the most important decision we will ever make.
This time in our history is a perfect example of how GOD can show us how easily life can change on a moment's notice. Those that have their trust in bank accounts, houses, cars, and other riches now see how fragile life can be. Within a matter of approximately a few weeks, our way of life has changed drastically. I can tell my coworkers I am shocked as much as they are, but the bible gives us assurance.
Isaiah 40:31 tells us, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
The bible tells me I have no reason to be afraid. No one wants to contract this virus. With all that being said, you and I need to use common sense during this crisis. Wash our hands regularly, protect our brothers and sisters in Christ, and everyone else we come into contact with. I have the blessed assurance that if I do get sick, I can trust GOD to heal me, or call me home to be with Him, but “not making it” is not the end for me. The bible tells me it is just the beginning.
All believers have had that “moment” when GOD showed us that HE was there. I can look back to my own testimony. I was serving in the military in Iceland in the mid 90's, close to the North Pole. Certainly, I thought, GOD isn't here. Shortly after I had that thought, GOD began to work on my heart, and my wife's heart at the same time. We both desperately had a burning desire to hear His word. I knew that the base chapel would not provide what we desired, so we both started to pray about it.
Suddenly, I was getting my haircut, and the barber started talking about an Easter Cantata at church. I asked about the details, and he told me about an American missionary that started First Baptist Church Njardvik. Brother Johnny Wright had been serving there approximately 2 years. Once under the preaching of God's word, I found my assurance of Salvation and found myself getting baptized the following week. GOD WAS there! The next thing I knew, I was going door knocking in a foreign nation. What a wonderful time in my life! Jesus took every sinful addiction I had as a young sailor, and used me where I thought was impossible only a few weeks after my prayer to Him. To this day, my wife and I are partial to any missionary family we come into contact with. We thank GOD someone answered His calling, regardless of the circumstances in their lives to carry out the LORD's work. We want every missionary that Sharon Baptist Church supports to know that your name is lifted up in prayer every week.
In closing, this is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to point to Jesus Christ as the answer. Just as in Noah's day, the world was busy. Now, we are at a standstill. For all of the fear that is loose in our nation and the world, let us turn people to our wonderful Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. If one person within our personal circle comes into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, this crisis will be worth it. I urge all of us to take this opportunity that the LORD has given us.
- Dave Kruger, Sunday School Teacher, Sharon Baptist Church
Sharon Baptist church is an independent, fundamental Baptist church located in Hampton, VA.
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