How are things developing in your household at this time of uncertainty? Over the last few days we have been told that this situation will continue for some while. Social distancing and social isolation may become the norm for some time to come. We are presented with choices such as “If I go for a walk will I be OK?” “How often should I go shopping for groceries because I cannot get a delivery? I have noticed that we naturally react in perhaps more negative ways when food is thought to be running low, the last bottle of milk is opened and it has gone off…. Of course it is early days and most of us will, I pray, never get to the state of being really hungry, but some in our community may get close. We thank God for those people who are putting in place emergency provision for when it will be needed.
I have also noticed the lightening of our spirits when we return from a successful trip to the supermarket, and the kitchen cupboards are back to overflowing again. In the same way what is true in the natural is also reflected in the spiritual. This is a season when we cannot meet together physically as ‘church’, but there are opportunities to ‘meet’ together (virtually) through not just our computers but our tablets and smartphones. Let us use every opportunity we can to interact together and most importantly with God. Is your Life Group ‘meeting’ through WhatsApp or Zoom? Then join in if you can. Our virtual services have been developed, out of necessity, to link us together and to remind us that we do not need a digital revolution for us to link with God. Just like our kitchen store cupboards, if not replenished, would end up empty, so our spirits need refreshing by the Holy Spirit as we read God’s word, speak to God in prayer and please don’t forget to also allow time to listen to what God has to say to us. We can also encourage each other. Have you watched all the virtual church material this week? The junior church material from Adam and Katie last week are also well worth a watch by all ages, reinforcing the main message in a way that is accessible to everyone.
How is your spiritual ‘store-cupboard’? If it is not topped up, it will empty! I know some are busy, but we neglect our spiritual disciplines to our own detriment. Philippains 4: 8-9 (The Message) says: Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realised. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
Praise, prayer and worship can be a way of life and does not take up any ‘extra’ time, just a mindfulness that whatever we do, we do it for Jesus. We are his hands and his feet, whether we are still doing a key job, or at home schooling our children, or indeed isolating. In the words of Colossians 3:22b-23 (tPt) For we are to live our lives with pure hearts in the constant awe and wonder of our Lord God. Put your heart and soul into every activity you do, as though you are doing it for the Lord himself and not merely for others.