Dear Church Family,
Yesterday an announcement was made that, in order to quell the spread of COVID-19, only essential services and businesses would remain in operation in Ontario. While I understand the intent and importance of these measures, it did cause me to pause and wonder, “What’s essential?” The Hamilton Spectator this morning asked that same question. And then what followed was “A look at businesses that can stay open in Ontario.” It’s quite a list!
The concept that any of us might not be essential runs contrary to what we read in the Bible. Each one of us is created by God, in his image, to serve in his kingdom. That high view of humanity is what has inspired scientific advancement and technological developments and artistic endeavour through the ages. Sociologist and author Rodney Stark says this: “SCIENCE AROSE ONLY IN Europe because only medieval Europeans believed that science was possible and desirable. And the basis of their belief was their image of God and his creation. (The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World's Largest Religion).
I recall the words of a colleague of mine who spoke at his own son’s funeral. He said (I’m paraphrasing here) that when Christ returns and establishes the new earth, we’ll all still be working – construction guys will still be building houses, artists will still be painting, accountants will still be balancing the numbers. The only ones who will be out of a job will be us pastors. That’s because when people ask us to show them Jesus, we’ll just point and say, “there he is!”
God has created each of us with a purpose. Ephesians 2:10: “We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Go do something good today, something essential.