Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

04/15/2020

Randall Caselman

 

The Message of COVID-19

 

  Why are we here? What does this pandemic say to us? What does God want us to learn?

 

  Live for the moment, live today. Life is in the moment, this moment. Live every moment to the fullest. Stop worrying about yesterday and tomorrow. Christianity is a religion of the moment: "Today is the day of salvation, now is the accepted time." Jesus taught us to do good while it's day, because there'll come a time when no work can be done. Church, life can be short, we may test positive tomorrow: Don’t waste another moment. Live your dream today! If there's something we want to do, some good we ought to do, something we need to say, do it, say it – Today! COVID-19 says, don't procrastinate!

 

  Hold family & friends more dearly, tightly. I cannot preach it enough: God created us for relationships with Him and one another. That's why we're here. It's our purpose! He created within us a need for one another; then placed us in family and friendship circles so we could enhance and enjoy what we were created for.Think about it! The first negative thing God noted about His creation handiwork was "It is not good that man should be alone." So, look around. See those who need our love. God help us to hold our relationship with Him and others to be so important that we allow nothing, no-thing to come between us. How do we do it? Forgive the big things. Forget the trivial things.The message is – Enjoy family. Enjoy friendship. Enjoy the reason God placed us here. Amen?

 

  COVID-19 reminds us to never give up on others, any others. Listen church, our Father God has not given up on any one of us; we should not give up on the good in others. Good in others? Is there such? Yes! We are God's creation, created in His image. How dare we think God created nothing worthwhile! Look for the good, listen for it, search for it, it's there. And may God enable us with whatever we need to serve the Jesus, the good, in others, all others.

 

  Consider some Scripture reminding us of why we are here and how we ought to treat others. Familiar Scripture, so familiar that we sometimes take them for granted... "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels – But have not love, I am only a noisy gong, a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries; have all knowledge. If I have a faith that can move mountains – But have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body in martyrdom to the flames – But have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient. Love is kind. It is not jealous or envious. Love does not boast, is never arrogant. Love is not rude. It's not self-seeking, not easily angered. Love keeps no record of wrongs suffered. Love does not delight in unrighteousness, but rejoices in and with the truth. Love bears all things, always trusts, always hopes; endures all things. Love never fails!

 

  COVID-19 reminds us to count our blessings, each and every one. We have so many; so many that we take them for granted. Do we realize that we are the most blessed people who have ever lived on this planet? We have more freedom than anyone at any time before us. We have more financial resources than any previous people, better health, better nutrition, better security, transportation, occupational opportunities. The bottom line is that we are blessed with living in the best of times ever! Ever!!

 

  So, let's hear Solomon say, "There's a time and a place for everything under the sun: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to harvest; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to morn, and a time to dance." We're living on God's timetable and His timing is always correct, always perfect. We may not like it, may not understand it, but Scripture promises us that He is at work in the best of times and in the worst of times. God is omnipotent, omniscient: He senses our hurt. Feels our pain. Knows our anxiousness. And He is at work preparing for us A BLESSING. "Let not your heart be troubled. The Lord is our shepherd. Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

 

  May this be our COVID-19 song:

 

As the deer pants for the water

So my soul longs after You.

You alone are my heart's desire

And I long to worship You.

 

You alone are my strength my shield;

To You alone may my spirit yield.

You alone are my heart's desire

And I long to worship You.

 

I want You more than gold or silver

Only You can satisfy.

You alone are the real joy giver

And the apple of my eye.

 

  May God Bless our Relationships! Amen?

 

—Randall Caselman