FRUSTRATED! That’s how you feel…
Thanks to COVID-19 (or something else) you feel like you can’t do ANYTHING!
You love the Lord… you love His people… You’re seeking to serve Him and do His will… You haven’t been able to go to church in a normal way… Those stupid masks (and “social distancing”)… the class you love to attend with friends is only done on Zoom… You love to go out, meet people, and share with them about Jesus, but you feel locked up at home… FRUSTRATED!
You think you have it bad… How do you think “Type A” Apostle Paul must have felt? He writes to Timothy from prison and says, “I am suffering, even to the point of being chained like a criminal!” Not an easy situation for an “international evangelist” and “church planter” to handle! It had to be frustrating for a guy used to being a mentor – investing in the lives of young guys in the ministry, like Timothy!
But Paul hastens on to put things in perspective – for Him, and for us! He declares, “But God’s word is not chained [or bound]!” (From 2 Timothy 2:9)
I mean, just look around, incredible doors of ministry to places and people we’ve never reached before because of the restrictions of COVID-19! Opportunities to be the hands, feet, voice, and healing presence of Jesus to others in the power of the Holy Spirit! Sure… a lot of things we can’t do anymore or places we can’t go – but just as truly new doors of opportunity we never dreamed of! Social media, can be a vehicle for sharing the gospel, an encouraging word, and a prayer – not simply a time waster, garbage can for gossip, or smelly pool of negativism.
Hey, “The Word of God is not bound!” In another epistle Paul declared, “I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard that my imprisonment is for Christ!” (From Paul’s prison letter Philippians 1:12-13)
With God’s help let’s put our “frustration” in a garbage can, and reach up and take “faith” from off our spiritual pantry shelf! Let’s trust God to open incredible doors of opportunity, to lead us, and use us so that in this challenging time, we discover “the Word of God is not bound!”