But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. Hebrews 10:39 NIV

Recently, during this COVID19 pandemic, Pam and I needed to visit some friends who had experienced a tragedy. We thought for a moment, “is it safe?” Other concerned family and friends lovingly expressed similar thoughts regarding our safety and the wisdom of engaging in close contact with others for comfort. How could we ensure our safety? 

The truth is that we know we can’t be 100 percent sure of our safety even when taking good precautions. We don’t want to act arrogantly as if nothing bad will ever happen to us. Neither do we want to retreat, thinking only of our personal safety. Pam has spoken repeatedly that social distancing is anti-Christian. Is it?

Jesus gave final instructions to the disciples, including those who would follow Him later, “GO”. This command was first modeled by God himself, when He sent His son, Jesus into our world of broken and hurting people. God’s love for us motivated Him to send Jesus to bind up the broken hearted and touch those who were physically sick. Jesus lived life among sinners – messed up people.  He told the Pharisees that he had come to help the sick and not the healthy.

After Jesus ascension back into heaven, the believers collectively have become the body of Christ. Together we continue to show the forward movement of God’s love to those who are lost, broken and hurting. We are the visible and tangible expression of Gods, voice, feet and hands. How do we know God loves us? The body of Christ loves others in word and deed as God directs.

All strata of people need the help of Jesus’ life and sacrifice, but the church has always been drawn to those who are in the most need. One country that I visited had a governmental opposition to Christianiy.  However, they allowed the church to operate while it was helping the poor that the government could care less about helping. Even Fidel Castro allowed the church to operate in Cuba as long as it did not become political. He saw the value of people helping other people in need.

Memorize this verse today and think about its implications in your life. How are you advancing God’s kingdom to move it forward? “Shrinking back” could be expressed as backward movement spiritually. You are never standing still or idle. What does moving forward to help others look like in your context, sphere of influence? We are not all called into the same giftings, but we are all called to GO. You are not of those who shrink back.

Use wisdom. Act humbly, even Jesus knew that He should not put God to the test. When He received instruction from the Holy Spirit to touch the leper for healing, He did it.  However, some healings were spoken and did not require physical touch. Learn to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in your life as you continue to advance God’s kingdom and honor.

We are not of those who shrink back, but walk forward with a bold faith. This world is not our eternal home. Let’s make a difference while we are here, but not become too attached.

Blessings, Love y’all