Taking Advantage of a Quarantine for the Sake of the Gospel
Last Tuesday at Midweek we read through the letter of Philippians and were encouraged by Paul who took advantage of his “less-than-ideal” circumstance for the sake of the gospel rather than allowing that circumstance to cripple him. Chained to a prison floor, the apostle could have easily succumbed to the temptation to simply sit and wait for his release. Incredibly, however, Paul actually proclaims that, “what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.” Paul was clearly doing more than twiddling his thumbs.
Today, in Davidson County, we find ourselves at the onset of a two-week “safer at home” order to limit the spread of COVID-19. I imagine it will become tempting to merely wait it out, absorbing as much Netflix and social media as possible. Can I encourage you brothers and sisters to spiritually take advantage of the situation? If Paul can further the gospel from a jail cell, I know we can do the same from our couches—and all the more so now with technology that allows us to be present from afar.
Join me in actively taking advantage of this quarantine for the sake of the gospel. Here are some practical ideas of Kingdom-minded ways you can spend your time over the next two weeks:
1. Set out to memorize a larger portion of Scripture than you would normally tackle. Ask God to make you more like Christ by your meditation upon it.
2. Check in on a friend who doesn’t know Jesus and discover three ways, in addition to their salvation, that you can be praying for them during this season of increased uncertainty.
3. Pray daily and earnestly for those suffering with COVID-19, medical professionals on the front lines, and that the Church would find unique and helpful ways to respond to the pandemic.
4. Reach out to those friends and family members who you’ve lost contact with in the busyness of normal life to encourage and invest in them.
5. Read a book that’s “over your head,” and learn from the wisdom of other men and women of the faith. Authors like C.S. Lewis, Elisabeth Elliot, Ravi Zacharias and A.W. Tozer are just a few.
6. Encourage your followers on social media with a passage of Scripture or thoughts on what God is teaching you.
7. Invest time cultivating a creative ability God has given you. Write a song or a journal entry, bake, paint, or begin a DIY project, and intend on blessing another with your project.
8. Find an opportunity to sacrificially serve each person who lives in your house. Are the dishes piling up? What projects have been sitting around the house to complete? Who needs some quality time?
9. Stay connected virtually with your church community and discipleship groups through live-streamed services, Zoom conference calls and FaceTime.
10. Resolve to daily sit with the Lord and His Word. Let your prayer be: “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way of everlasting!”
May we stay Kingdom-minded as the people of God during a season of potential recess and social distance, and remain faithful to further the gospel through any possible means.
Brittany Feeser. Worship leader and songwriter. Deep lover of Nashville coffee shops and all things chocolate.