It is day four of my self-quarantine after returning from Germany to see my daughter. As I reflect on how the world has been turned upside down in recent days, it is amazing that something microscopic like a virus can literally disrupt the world. We have all become acutely aware of this tiny microbe called “Coronavirus.” In fact, the term coronavirus is the most searched word in the world, right now. As we take extreme and appropriate action to halt the spread of this virus, I pray that we will all look for opportunities to spread a different kind of virus. The viral message called the Gospel of Jesus. Rather than bringing death, it brings life and proclaims the good news that we are saved by grace and not by works.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17 NIV)
I encourage you to choose faith over fear. Cast your cares and uncertainty on God. He has not moved. His promises stand firm. I am reminded of Jesus’ words to his disciples in the upper room.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27 NIV)
I encourage you to be smart, follow appropriate directives. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing, but also look for opportunities to spread a different kind of virus, the hope of the gospel of Jesus!
The words of C.S. Lewis come to mind. “Jesus came to this world and became a man in order to spread to other men the kind of life found only in Him — by what I call the "good infection." [C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity]
May our faith in Jesus thrive and become increasingly infectious during these crazy days!
Yours in Christ,
Dr. Chuck Martin
Lead Pastor, Frisco First Baptist Church