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Hi friends, even as we slowly return back to normalcy after the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown situation, there are things that we must reflect back on and learn from it for future benefit.
What are the lessons I learnt from Covid-19 and being in lockdown for almost 3 months? Well here are 5 lessons that I take out from this period and reflect upon for the future. If you have learnt some lessons as well, please, please do share it in the comments section below so that all of us can learn from it as well. May God bless you.
1) MAN CANNOT DENY THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
Many people took the crisis situation as an opportunity to say, ‘see there is no God.’ Well, it is true that God did not put an immediate stop to it as an answer to our prayers. The pandemic is a sign of the end times which the world fails to realise and repent from its evil ways. The pandemic also was a warning to the church to repent from its lukewarm ways. However, the pandemic was not evidence of the non-existence of God. Instead it proved even more that God does exist. Why do I say that?
Despite all the technological advancements of the human race; mankind cannot still control nature. He has not influence or authority on nature. Nature answers only to one Master. Romans 1:20 ‘For ever since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through His workmanship [all His creation, the wonderful things that He has made], so that they [who fail to believe and trust in Him] are without excuse and without defence.’ Not even the greatest minds in the scientific fields could find a cure for the disease. The search for a vaccine is still ongoing. Only by the mercies of God will they be able to find one.
2) IT IS TIME TO RETURN TO THE MODEL OF CHURCH AND MINISTRY WE SEE IN THE BIBLE
Today when you say church what comes to our minds? Buildings. Pastors. Bishops. Large congregations. Gathering together once a week. A big team of workers. An Office complex. Tithes and offerings. Membership. Denomination. What else? Stage. Backdrop. Lights. Livestream. Worship Team. What else? Prophets. Apostles. Miracles. Prophecy. Mega Church. What else??? I am sure you must a long list.
Acts 7:48 says the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands. If there is one thing that lockdown has taught many of us including me is that our Lord Jesus does not need a building & a crowd of many people for Him to be worshipped. His desire is for each of us to seek Him in Spirit & Truth wherever we are (John 4:21-24). Congregational worship is needed for strengthening us in our faith (Hebrews 10:25) but it is not a substitute for each of us personally sincerely seeking the Lord in the Word, by prayer and worship every day of the week (Matt 7:7-8).
The early church model was one of fellowship and discipleship. They gathered together even multiple times a week. They were usually made of smaller numbers of believers who actively went out and discipled others.
The current model of church governance, structure & manner of operation we see even today in both the Catholic and Protestant churches (including the Pentecostals) is mainly influenced by the Roman Empire styles of governance, structure, and manner of operation. This started happening way back in the 4th century and for 1600 plus years has been continuing. This subject we will discuss on another day because it is a lengthy subject. During the past few months, I have been studying church history very much just to understand how come we have gone away from the bible model of church.
3) THE VALUE OF A SIMPLE BUT GODLY LIFESTYLE
Living within your income level. Living with little or no borrowings. Spending wisely. Planning and budgeting one’s finances. All these proved valuable as we have had to live off whatever we had saved up during the good times. Keep living a simple life. That is truly a prosperous life.
4) OUR IMPACT ON PEOPLE IS A GREATER LEGACY THAN PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS.
One day we all have to leave this earth and go. On average a person lives between 70-80 years of age. In that time the best legacy we can leave behind is not the personal achievements we have accomplished for ourselves but the positive impact we have had on the lives of those around us and in the community. As a man who serves God, the greatest legacy I can leave behind is not a great ministry, great teachings, or miracles. The greatest legacy I can leave behind are the disciples of Christ my ministry has given birth for Him.
5) BE TRUE AND SINCERE TO GOD AND BE TRUE TO YOURSELF.
God looks at our hearts. He wants truth and sincerity in the innermost parts of our hearts. Those who have been truly and sincerely seeking Him saw His blessings flow even during the times of lockdown. Hence keeping our hearts pure and ensuring that everything we say and do is done in sincerity and truth before God is more important than putting on an outward show to please people. Furthermore, God has created each of us with a unique identity consisting of a unique calling, personality, gifts and talents.
Whilst His character must manifest through us daily in our speech, behaviour, and actions, we also must be true to the personal identity that He has given us. During this lockdown I have most certainly come to realise that being who God has called me to be, results in more good fruit and freedom for the move of Holy Spirt than trying to conform or live up to the expectations of one’s family and the people outside. Be the person Christ has called you to be and manifest His Character daily and fulfil the calling He have given you by using the gifts and talents He has given you. You don’t need to be anyone else but yourself. If God has approved you, who is man to judge you.
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