It is exactly three months when our country (UK) went on lockdown. Many businesses were forced to close without knowing whether they will be allowed to open again. Most people began to work from home due to the pandemic. For some, it was as if nothing has happened; they had to be going to work due to the fact that their organisations were known to be providing essential services other than NHS workers. Schools, shut down. In the midst of it all, a lot of people lost their jobs or were furloughed.
This lockdown has forced many families to spend time together probably for the first time in a long time. Spending time by eating at table together, playing games. Many Christians having fellowship by praying and studying the word of God with their families. For some of us, it has been a period of doing a spiritual MOT with God. Checking our walk with the Lord, revisiting abandoned projects or things God has spoken to us for a longest period of time. For others, it has been new God given ideas and working on them. Or discovering talents and gifts God has already placed in us.
Sooner or later, churches would probably be allowed to meet again, all restrictions may be removed but one question still remains unanswered. Will the world return to ‘normality’ again? Probably not. The world had changed. As things are easing down, now is the time to pause and assesses our lives and ask, am I prepared for what is ahead or is yet to come. We know the end is near? Are you prepared? This is the time to sharpen all the armours God has given us and not come out of this lock down with blunt armours. The amours to enable you to stand against the wiles of the devil. Loins girt with truth, breastplate of righteousness; your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; taking the shield of faith; the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God(Ephesians 6:10-18)
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”. (Ephesians 6:12)
Our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ was hated by the world whiles He was on earth. He was crucified. He died to save you and I. Even after His resurrection and ascension to Heaven, persecution of his disciples and followers began. This did not stop them from preaching the gospel even unto death. All the disciples of Jesus were killed apart from John who didn’t die after they boiled him. He is believed to have died of natural causes . Peter was crucified, upside down at his request, since he did not feel he was worthy to die in the same manner as his Lord. Andrew was scourged, and then tied rather than nailed to a cross, so that he would suffer for a longer time before dying. And so were the rest of the disciples killed.
This is not the time to relax. This is the time to prepare for what is to come. We have been blessed to be led in prayer every morning as a church by our Senior Pastor. As things begin to ease and churches begin to meet, let us not stop. I hope this has challenged us enough. Let this be a pattern in your own personal life and family to prepare yourself daily in prayer and in the word before leaving the house. Having done all, to stand so that you will be able to stand the evil day. (Ephesians 6:13) And the Lord will help us in Jesus name!