Living By Faith

Fact – everyone lives by what they believe…that is living faith.  If someone says they believe one thing, but live out another, that is dead faith….or hypocricy.  We have a good example today: How people react to the coronavirus is determined by what they believe is true.

If I say that I believe Coronavirus is a real threat, but I do not practice “social distancing”, then I have dead faith.

Some believe the coronavirus is a national and personal threat and are paying close attention  and following the warnings of the government, medical community, and media.  They are taking recommended precautions.  That is a living faith.  Others believe the coronavirus is just another flu and everything is being “blown out of proportion”; so, they are not concerned or taking precautions and may even be mocking the situation.  They also have a living faith in what they believe to be true.

No matter what people’s belief/opinion says about the situation, there is a real absolute truth about coronavirus and its spread.  People act out what they really believe. And we do live in a real world of absolutes.  It is finding and discerning the real truth that is sometimes difficult.

So, how would someone with a Christian worldview react to the coronavirus?

The Christian worldview would recognize that the “curse” is over the world and sickness and disease is part of that “curse” of sin resulting in destruction and death (separation from Life).  BUT, it also believes the good news that we have a Savior and Deliverer…one who helps us overcome in this world!  We have His Word to assure us! He is our Life!

Our first reaction should be to go to Him (Father, Son Yeshua Jesus, and Holy Spirit)….and ask for help and wisdom ….with an assured faith and trust!

Matthew 7: 7-14, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!  Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

Notice that we should ask and trust Him as being our good Father.  What we should do… is be good to others and live for their best interests also.  He tells us here that the way to destruction is really wide and the way to life is so narrow that few find it.  This is going to take some wisdom, focus, and effort if we are going to overcome this destruction; plus, we will likely be going a different way than most people – but love them and treat them well anyway!

I know many sermons and messages have been spoken referencing these verses about the “narrow way” as meaning the way to eternal life.  But, I think Yeshua Jesus had a broader meaning.  I believe He was also talking about being saved and delivered in this life now, in this fallen and evil world as well!  It is true that our eternal life salvation has one narrow Way through Jesus.  This relationship with Jesus is by asking and applying living faith in Him for eternity. In the same way, we need to ask and apply living faith in this life now to walk the narrow way and continue to be delivered from destruction.  The Bible often references this as being an “overcomer” in Him.

In the Greek, verse 7 would more accurately be translated as “ask and keep on asking, seek and keep on seeking, knock and keep on knocking”.  We have relationship with Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit so it is to be a continual conversation and asking in faith….along with doing good to others.

This is a good start in how to react to Coronavirus with a Christian worldview.

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