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Looking at our current state of affairs, we have been informed as a society, a country, a nation and worldwide that this pandemic we are currently experiencing: COVID-19could throw us into a recession. People are rapidly losing their jobs, their homes and in some cases their integrity and dignity. Many businesses, companies and financial institutions are downsizing, merging with others and shifting schedules just to stay in business while others, unfortunately, have been forced to close their doors to the public due to the lack of finding a way to keep the establishment running, in spite of. Educational and Religious institutions have had to resort to other means of communicating academic lessons and God’s Holy Word. This can all serve as a brief reminder of the Great Depression, which lasted from 1929 to 1939, when the unemployment rate peaked at 25.59% in 1933, while our current unemployment rate is nearing 18% and rising with millions of people continuing to file for unemployment.
In an attempt to reverse our country from going into a hopeless economic spiral, on March 26, 2020, the US Senate voted to approve a stimulus bill totaling $2 trillion to provide relief to individuals, families, small businesses and industries impacted by the economic slowdown caused by this COVID-19 pandemic. But how many of you know that it is all in the hands of God!
1. See The Harvest
Jesus has encountered a Samaritan woman while passing through Samaria to a town called Sychar. She offers Jesus a drink of water at His request and in return, Jesus ministers to the woman despite the fact that she is a Samaritan (as Jews and Samaritans weren’t to associate). In other words, Jesus seized the moment. He saw the harvest was ripe and took this door of opportunity to minister the Gospel to this woman who was apparently living in a hopeless situation. The disciples approached worried about Jesus’ physical food but Jesus had to quickly snap them up and prompt them to look through their spiritual eyes at the opportunity at hand! The kind of opportunity Jesus had taught them about in Luke 10:2. Jesus needed them to look beyond what was in front of them. Look beyond the devastation, Polite! See the harvest and seize the moment church! Share the love of Jesus, share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, be a gleam of hope for someone during this pandemic, make a connection with someone who has lost all hope or one who needs a helping hand.
2. Work The Harvest
Jesus has to now take a teaching moment with his disciples to convey the message to them that doing his work is like working the harvest. In other words, the Samaritan woman was a harvest that Christ saw as an opportunity to sow his Word into. In return the Samaritan woman, spread the Good News and many believed! Paul has written in 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, on the importance of sowing and reaping. Our government made a decision to sow a stimulus package into the economy which they hope will reap a harvest of some form of relief and financial recovery into our economy. In the same manner, the church should see that the harvest is plentiful and be a stimulus package to a hungry and hopeless world! Jesus did the groundwork for us. We need to do the follow-up assignment and share (sow) the Word into someone’s life during this pandemic through our words, actions and/or deeds. Be that “spiritual stimulus package” that the world needs on today!
3. Reap The Harvest
According to the Apostle Paul as written in Romans 6:22-23 and Titus 3:5-7, and I am paraphrasing, it is Not because of our works, not because we have been so good, not because of our position, status or material things, but because of His mercy and His grace that we are allowed to reap the harvest of an abundance life, of a live of holiness and of eternal life!
Aren’t you glad about it that one day Jesus saw fit to allow you to come in contact with someone who sowed the Word of salvation into your heart allowing you the benefit of an abundant life in Christ Jesus and eventually eternal life! God in His infinite wisdom has given us, the Church, an opportunity to be a Spiritual Stimulus Package To A Hungry World! Amen!