Lockdown has hit us hard and without being able to attend church every week, I have been missing and longing for my second home. While serving at church is a mandate for us as Christians, being at home has felt like that part has almost shut off. It’s so easy to slip into the mindset that because we are at home, we can just watch church on a Sunday and no more than that. But it is as easy to get more involved than ever before. Now I know it’s not making cappuccinos in the church coffee shop or welcoming new visitors or even serving in the mother’s rooms, but the church is doing some incredible new things that we can get behind and push. This is new ground for all of us and I am so proud of how we have all adapted to this wild and quick change.
I feel that it is super important to pray for our leaders, pray for the church, pray for the government, pray for those who are working on the frontline, pray for the teachers who are coming up with new ways to do school, pray for the mothers who are homeschooling their kids. Pray for your country, pray for your people.
1 Thessalonians 5:12- 28
12 We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle,[a] encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
I’m going to share some helpful tips that I have learned over these past couple of weeks of lockdown on how to get more involved with serving the church.
- REACH OUT! I can’t stress this one enough. In the past, I have always been the one hoping that someone would reach out to me showing that they care about me. Remember, it’s okay to reach out and ask for help or just to have a conversation. But at the same time, you can be that person for someone else who is wishing someone would contact them. Community is key, especially now.
- Get involved in what your local church is do. Whether it’s watching the Sunday services online, prayer meetings or fasting and prayer for the nation. It is really important to stay connected with your local church and participate in what they are doing during lockdown. That way, when we get back together after lockdown, we are more connected than before because we’ve been involved in all that the church has done.
- SHARE! We have this amazing thing called social media and it might be an idea to use it for good in the midst of all the bad news. Share what your church is doing. Share the Sunday services with your family and friends and social pages. It is incredibly easy. Right now, my pastor Steve, is doing daily devotionals in the morning and I have been sharing them to my Instagram stories to get the Word out there. You never know who will be impacted by that message. Dino from View Church in Cape Town said on the Ignite Conference Instagram live the other day, that evangelism is spelled S H A R E. That is exactly it, share bible verses that impacted you, share what God is doing in your life, share your testimony, share, share, share.
- Connect with your lifegroup if you have one. Start a conversation with someone. Join a bible study group from church or even better yet, start one! In the past two weeks or so, I have started my own Zoom bible study small group with a few powerful women from church. It is a great place to connect with friends, to make new ones and to talk about Jesus. (The best topic to talk about)
- Do devotionals. Host a devotional live on social media. Start a devotion on the bible app with some friends and talk about it. Do a watch party with your friends for Christ-based T.V shows or movies. I recently got into The Chosen, which is a whole other blog post worthy to be talked about. Discuss your journey with The Lord with some friends and listen to theirs.
I hope that these tips have helped you in some way and encouraged you to get more involved with your local church and community.