As we continue to deal with the coronavirus and take every precaution that we can, we need to remember that God is bigger than any pandemic. God loves us and has called us to be part of his body of Christ here on earth. The Church is not the building, and it is not our gathering together on Sunday Morning. It is the way that we use the gifts that God has given us to witness to his presence in our lives. It is the way that we care for one another and treat each other as children of God. It is the way that we use our faith in our daily lives.
Faith is a verb and not a not a noun. How are we are using our faith to make a difference in our lives and in the lives around us? Jesus called his disciples to take his message into the world. He wanted us to not just go to church on Sunday, but to put our faith into action; lead others into a relationship with him; to care for their needs and to show them the power of his love~ alive and in action.
This pandemic has changed things for everyone, we can not go out and about the way we used to, nor can we get together the same way we used to. We have had to change our daily routines, but with each challenging time throughout history, there have been times of opportunities found in them as well. How are we going to step out of our comfort zone and take a risk? How can we step out in faith and show the world that “Yes” our God is alive? He is just as active today as he has been throughout all the stories of the Bible. Jesus’ disciples are ordinary people that have been sent out to carry on his mission to show the world God’s love in action. We have been called to use our talents to tell the world of the infinite love and grace in the body of Christ. May we use this opportunity to change the world, one heart at a time.
Rev. Stephen W. Barch