We live in an unprecedented time in history. This coronavirus pandemic and subsequent nation-wide quarantine is something none of us have ever experienced before. Because of that, it can be really hard to know how to walk by the Spirit (see Galatians 5) in the midst of it.
How do we go about being the hands and feet of Christ in the midst of a pandemic? What does that even look like? Well, here are four ideas that I hope prove helpful to you:
How to Shine the Light of Christ in the Midst of COVID-19
Admit that you’re a mess (remember – Christ is in the business of cleaning up messes!).
If we want to be the hands and feet of Christ to others during this time and shine His light into their lives, we are going to have to let go of our egos, our pride, and our desire to appear as if we “have it all together. Because we don’t. We are all experiencing some level of fear, anxiety, stress, worry, or uncertainty in this time, and admitting that fact to others enables us to then enter into their own pain and shed God’s hope and truth on it.
We don’t want to appear as if we have it all together. Instead, we want to practice empathy, show care and concern and compassion, and lead others to the One Who does have it all together. Show them how He helps you through your own mess, and they will be better able to trust Him to do the same for theirs.
2. Be the hands and feet of Christ.
Now is the perfect time for the church to really shine the light of Jesus. Check on your neighbors. Make and donate masks. Offer to go grocery shopping for those who are immunocompromised. Call up a friend or family member that you know is going through a hard time. Give to a charity. Pack and deliver meals to school children. Write a letter to a nursing home resident. Buy a coffee for a nurse or doctor. Pray for others. Run a fundraiser for someone who has lost their job.
Share Jesus’ truth and love with others everywhere you go (and with whomever you are currently in quarantine with, as well!).
3. Walk out your faith – show the existence of it to others by how you handle fear and stress.
It is not true that by following Christ you will cease to battle worry, fear, stress, or anxiety ever again. Anyone who thinks so has not yet become acquainted with the book of Psalms. Throughout that book, David laments, experiences frustration, grieves, grows angry, lashes out, worries, suffers from anxiety, is fearful, and faces loss. And all of that is ok!
We are allowed to experience and process through our emotions and issues. It’s unhealthy if we don’t! But, eventually, he also always circles back around to his trust in God and His goodness, sovereignty, trustworthiness, love, faithfulness, control, and compassion.
Walk-in the light of that! Grieve the loss and trauma that you are feeling in this time of pandemic and quarantine. Lament what you have lost. Process through the feelings of anxiety and worry you are experiencing.
But when all is said and done, come back around to resting in the faith you do have in our great God. This example will speak volumes to those around you who may not already know Him!
4. Love your family well.
Mother Theresa once said, “The way you help heal the world is that you start with your own family. It is easy to love people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. Bring love into your home, for this is where our love for each other must start.” It may seem like such a little thing when what we really want to do is pack lunches for school children and serve in tangible ways those outside our four walls. But while we certainly should do those other things as we feel called to, in the midst of that, we mustn’t forget the real, valid, and impactful ministry we have right here at home in this time. Love your family well, live out God’s truth in front of them, and that will make a difference!
In this rare time in history, there is no end to the number of ways in which you can shine the light of Christ to others. Pray and ask God to use you to bless others and point them to Him in this time. And then just watch for the doors that He will open!