Jesus of Nazareth once told a parable about a certain servant, with a duty to fulfill.
The question Jesus posed was this, ‘when dinner time rolls around, will the good servant go and recline at the table alongside his master? Or will he serve the Master, only then eating his own portion, considering such a sequence his duty’.
What is our duty in the shadow of the pendemic? Sure feels like it’s every American for himself, but of course that’s not reality. Ask your local medical professional about duty. None of them get paid enough for what they are doing, what they are experiencing, being challenged with. Remuneration is no longer an afterthought…duty.
So my duty has been to help neighbors with home maintenance, particularly pressure washing. The duty is service, but the service takes a preemptive move that’s a bit controversial right now…a knock on their front door. I haven’t had a taker on the pressure washing as of yet, but I have been encouraged that the majority of home owners have stepped outside to talk to me, a stranger, who could be infected, who could be exhibiting terrorism.
Well we’re welcoming in the South, more so when the virus hasn’t landed so much here yet. So a knock on the door at this point might symbolize a small break in the quarantine blues, if not just the usual expected scare. But my duty is to hold tight. It’s not about the response. That would be all about me. It’s about a little bit of shock therapy…if that, to remind folks that they’re cared for and that God is in control. After all, that’s why I’m braving potential infection to spread some warmth.
“And they’ll know we are Christians by our love.” Love is powerful. It covers many sins, it is the only thing that keeps our well wishing from actually being more harmful. It drives out fear. It puts fear in its place: associated with punishment. Its origin is in God himself. It’s his essence. And it is a command that keep us standing tall…”Love your God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
“How can you love God whom you can’t see if you can’t love your brother whom you can see.”
Loving God and loving your neighbor are one command. For the manifestation of each is comprised in the other.
There are quite a few of us it seems who are giving up, at least for a bit, on the home quarantine policy. I mean, who can blame them? Living in fear must in some way make you more susceptible to predators on your immune system.
The Great God of the universe makes promises in many occasions to those who will submit to His ways…They will live in the land and prosper. The dagger shall not harm you by day nor the pestilence by night.
Trust and obey. There is no other way, to be truly happy…in Jesus, than to trust and obey. He IS a fortress, a shield. Take yourself out of it. The great physician will take care of you. Think on eternity and love.
“Nothing to fear but fear itself.”