Before opening God’s word this morning I checked some news and recent posts from sites I follow. In excatholic4christ Tom proclaims the Gospel (along with current events, special topics, etc) with the hopes of releasing folks from false doctrine. Today, in Weekend Round-up, he embedded a brief message by John MacArthur who, in part, extolled upon the Corona virus as an important opportunity to proclaim the Gospel.
Then I opened God’s word and, as I began to read II Timothy I realized…Paul was ‘social distanced’ for most of his ministry, preaching from prison and chains. And wow, through him the Gospel spread throughout the world!
Last week I read a very encouraging devotional message written by our late Pastor Dave Wilkerson. I frequently create my own cards, and felt inspired that morning to make one from this devotional, adding personal messages for my family, relatives, and some faraway friends….
Each card had a personal message from me, some had added scriptures. Here are some responses…
One elderly aunt texted me and said, “Amen and Amen! Loved the reading, thank you!!”
Another aunt, turning 90 this year, called with much gratitude, “Lisa, thank you so much! I know that Jesus is our only hope through everything, it’s only our faith that counts…” We had such an uplifting time of sharing, I was so happy and impressed that her faith had come alive since our last contact.
My closest beloved relative, also turning 90 this year didn’t mention it at all. In a subsequent phone call, when mail delivery subject came up she said, “Oh, I got that thing you sent in the mail. Thanks” and went on to another topic. (I have to keep praying for my mom).
My sister Stephanie however, who is a nurse, called me to share this…as she received and began reading the card and scriptures enclosed, a close colleague called, overburdened and overwhelmed. Marge* has a completely disabled husband and is the sole supporter of her home. My sister said, “I just received this encouraging mail, I’m texting it to you now…” When Marge read it she called my sister back in tears, “That’s just what I needed! I need to trust God with all this….thank you so much!” This meant so much to me as I have prayed in the past for Marge.
While I’ve struggled with feeling unproductive during these days, I’m praying for more ways, as John MacArthur preached, to proclaim the Gospel. I hope to gain more from God’s word as well.
May the Lord stir all our hearts to proclaim Him and grow in Him…social distancing cannot stop the Holy Spirit and the Gospel from dispelling the darkness!