Don't be a victim of the pandemic

Don't be a victim of the pandemic

Before 2020, words like “Zoom meeting”, “Lockdown”, “Vaccines”, “Masks”, “Social Distancing” etc were unfamiliar to us but now in 2021, we are all so familiar with those terms. The Covid19 pandemic has completely changed our ministry landscape and every pastor and minister must approach their calling and vocation with a whole new way of thinking and mentality.

Firstly, we must not become a victim of the pandemic. It is very easy to fall prey to a victim’s mentality because the circumstances put difficulties and barriers that we have not faced before and not allow us to carry out ministry like normal and we could easily be tempted to put the brakes on our spiritual growth and ministry. We must not put a stop to our ministries or stop believing that our ministry will continue to be impactful or that God will continue to bless our ministry even in the midst of the pandemic.

I once heard an incident that happened to an NBA team. The owner of the team was a white man and he made some very disparaging remarks against black people. The remarks were made in private but someone recorded it and blew it up on social media. As we know, NBA teams are mostly made up of black players and many of them were tempted to stop playing as a protest against their owner. The coach of the team gathered the team and told the players that while it is their right to stop playing, they should not be victims of what the owner did and let the situation destroy their playing careers.

All of you are familiar with the amazing story in the book of Ruth. Elimelech and Naomi and their sons Mahlon and Chilion and their wives, Orpah and Ruth left Judah for Moab because of a famine. Instead of finding a better life, all the men died and Naomi and Ruth were left to fend for themselves.

Naomi and Ruth could easily have given up on life and no one will blame them for being victims of the circumstances of life. However, Ruth did not put her life on hold but continue with life and went out to look for grains. Eventually, she married the richest man in their region and her faith transformed her fortunes as well as that of her mother in law, Naomi.

During the three and a half years of famine in the days of Elijah, Jesus tells us that Elijah was not sent to any of the many widows in Israel except to one widow who lived in Zarephath who continue to have faith in God despite the famine.

“But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land; but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.”

Luke 4:25-26 NKJV

In the same way, I hope that even in the midst of this pandemic, God has found you as a pastor who continue to believe that He will bless your ministry. Let us not be victims of this pandemic but let us like the widow in Zarephath continue to have a faith that God is above the circumstances of our lives and that He will help us when we continue to trust in Him.

Ron Hee


August 2021