AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY!
In a meeting with other area leaders yesterday, one of the participants shared a story of his experience at a grocery store recently. As he stood seeking a specific item on the shelf, he noticed a woman hurriedly pushing her grocery cart up and down the aisle looking for various products. When she passed him again, she stopped, and said, "I've noticed that you don't seem nervous at all." It gave my friend a remarkable "open door" to share his faith. He said, "You are totally right! I am not nervous. My hope and my faith is located in JESUS CHRIST." My friend then had the opportunity to share the gospel with this "fear-filled" person right there in the aisle of the grocery store.
In this unprecedented time in our nation's history, we have the greatest opportunity for the "church to be the church" in a culture that is paralyzed with fear. JESUS declared in John 16:33, "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." In a culture terrorized by fear, as the people of GOD we have this remarkable opportunity to put His peace on full display to a watching world in our everyday interactions. People are much more open to hear the good news as a result of the nationwide/worldwide crisis. So let's be the church:
1. Be sure to support local businesses hit hard by this crisis;
2. When you order carry out at a local sit down restaurant, leave a larger than usual tip;
3. Seek out ways to serve other people - to interact with them - to allow your light to shine in their darkness - to share a verbal witness;
4. Start conversations with people whom you sense are filled with fear; let them know of the hope that is found in JESUS.
The coronavirus crisis is unprecedented. The opportunity for us to share the gospel is unprecedented. Let's be "the church!" Let's serve JESUS by serving others! Let's look for opportunities to share the good news!