I have found it interesting as to how people have reacted to the Covid19 pandemic. It seems to have brought out the best in some people. There have been so many stories about neighbors reaching out to grocery shop for their elderly neighbors. School-aged children who are spending their days at home, making pictures and cards to send to nursing homes where visitors are not allowed at the moment. Strangers are paying it forward in long drive-through lines. Yes, difficult times can bring out the best in humanity.
And then. . . there are others. We’ve all seen the pictures of folks who are loading their cars with 5000 rolls of toilet paper! Okay – maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit, but the store shelves really are empty. Greed has caused people to buy everything they can get their hands on – some to “resell at that bargain price,” and make a little on the side, and some to just hoard away. One of the saddest things I’ve seen were parents trying to find cans of baby formula for their infant – stores were sold out. It’s one thing to buy what we need, but we shouldn’t do it at the expense of others. What would Jesus do?
In II Corinthians 8:1-5, we read of the church at Macedonia. The people who lived in this region were so poor that the Roman government didn’t even make them pay taxes. Now, that, my friends is POOR. Yet, Paul said that when they learned of the persecution of the church in Jerusalem, “How that in a great trial of affliction, the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. For their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power, they gave of their own accord. Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.” These Christians gave out of their poverty to help fellow Christians.
May the hard times that we’re currently going through bring out the best in us. May we be considerate of the needs of others. May our light so shine before men, that they may see our good works, and glorify our Father which is in heaven. In Jesus name, Amen. Simply blessed, Courtney