A GLOBAL PANDEMIC



Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field" (Matthew 9:37–38, NIV).


The international community has been on edge since the outbreak of the Coronavirus in China. So far, more than 80,000 people have been infected globally, with more than 3000 deaths. The pandemic has impacted the financial markets, as well as the tourism industry around the world. Scientists in China and other parts of the world are racing to develop a vaccine for the virus. The earliest vaccine for the virus will be submitted for clinical trials around late April in China. In the U.S., Drugmaker Moderna has shipped the first batch of its rapidly developed coronavirus vaccine to U.S. government researchers for human testing.


Notwithstanding the crisis facing the international community with the outbreak of the coronavirus, there is yet a more severe and deadly pandemic facing the world. It is called eternal damnation. Many Christians do not realize that more than 70,000 people die every day without giving their lives to Christ. Far more people are infected with the sinful virus that causes atheism, heathenism, and paganism.


Jesus already gave his Church the spiritual vaccine for this global spiritual pandemic. It is called the gospel of Jesus Christ. The job of every Christian is to share the good news so we can vaccinate the world against that deadly virus. We cannot and should keep the gospel to ourselves, while 70,000 people are dying without Christ every day. Nor can we be content with going to church, sing to each other as Christians, and stay within our Christian cocoon for fear of getting contaminated by the world. That is tantamount to the people who wear a surgical mask and try to avoid public places because they do not want to be infected.


Christians are spiritual healers. We have been inoculated from eternal damnation when we gave our lives to Jesus Christ. Now, it is our responsibility to make disciples in our homes, cities, states, countries, and throughout the rest of the world. Paul tells us in Romans 8:1, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Jesus inoculated all are followers with his blood. However, those that have not accepted him are defenseless against the sinful virus that leads to eternal damnation.


Being a Christian is about much more than being a good person and going to church. Christianity is not so much a religion as it is a calling. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus made it very clear what that calling is: make disciples. If we do not make disciples, the number of people dying every day without Christ can go up to 150,000.


It saddens me to know that so many people die every day without Jesus Christ. I am also motivated to share the gospel all the more because I would like that number to be reduced by half in my lifetime. That means you and I have to be more driven and passionate about the ministry of evangelism. We have to support missionaries both locally and internationally with our money and prayer.


We should also pray for God to send more laborers into the harvest field. Whether we are missionaries or not, we are all laborers. We can each make a difference by sharing Jesus with one person a day. That is the best way to stop the spread of this global pandemic for the sake of Jesus, who died so that no one will perish.


Prayer- Blessed Lord, I pray for every laborer that you have called into your harvest field, particularly those that are on the mission field. Please give us the passion and commitment to share Christ with someone every day.

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