“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23)
Last night after dinner, I ventured out in the face-melting Texas heat to fish in a neighborhood pond. I met a young man there who had recently graduated college with a finance degree, but due to COVID-19 was immediately laid off from his first finance job. He currently works in a seasonal position at a retail store, as it was the only job he could get at the time. He said it’s definitely not ideal. With many losing their primary jobs due to the pandemic, you may find yourself in a similar situation.
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 4:2)
Prayer is our primary communication channel to God. It is a vital component of our relationship with Him, and we are to be devoted to it at all times.
With the repercussions of sin and the state of this fallen world rearing their collective ugly head for the world to see in 2020, believers should be praying for their countries, communities, families, friends and foes alike, and the universal body of Christ more now than ever before. Now is neither the time to be outwardly silent, nor spiritually silent.
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)
It’s a unique time, and many of us (adults and children alike) have found ourselves working or studying from home during this COVID-19 pandemic. While we do so, each of us faces a similar adversary that hinders our productivity…
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
Some people like to call it their “B.C.” or “Before Christ” years, referring to the period of their life before coming to faith and salvation in Jesus. I remember mine, and it wasn’t pretty.
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Col. 3:1-2)
Let’s face it, the COVID-19 pandemic has likely led to a complete reshuffling of the priorities in your life. The question is, did your focus merely shift from one set of earthly diversions to another, or has it led you to set your mind on the things that are above? (more…)