Pastorbluejeans Unplugged Weekender: Stand Firm! Do Not Be Shaken!
Pastorbluejeans Unplugged Weekender deals with important incidents, events, and issues that transpired over the week in light of God’s word.
The Global COVID-19 cases is 4,503,811 with 305,424 deaths. Europe has the hardest hit with 1,848,790 cases and 164,145 deaths. The Unites States has 1,432,045 cases and 86,851 deaths, according Agence France Presse (AFP)/GMA News.
As of May 15, 2020 the Philippines has a total number of 12,091 cases with 2,460 recoveries and 806 deaths.
The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases released an updated list of areas under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), and General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from May 16 until May 31, 2020: ECQ: Cebu City and Mandaue City; MECQ: NCR, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Zambales, Angeles City, and Laguna; GCQ: all other provinces, highly-urbanized cities, and independent component cities not mentioned above.
Several provinces were hit by typhoon Ambo (VongFong) and still some were hit by earthquakes. We were forced to prepare for these natural calamities even as we continue to fight Coronavirus. It is at this time that we can hold on to 1 Corinthians 15:58: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (NIV) Some people in the Corinthian church dispute the future resurrection of believers.
Paul gives us three (3) reasons to stand firm and not be shaken based on 1 Corinthians 15:
The first reason is given in verses 1&2, “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.” (NKJV) We stand firm for the sake of the gospel that saved us and preached by the apostles. The doctrine that Christ rose from the dead is part of the gospel that saved us. In this time of doubt and confusion, we can to stand firm because of the teachings that we received from Christ through the apostles, and through our preachers and teachers.
The second reason is found in verses 30-31, “Why are we also in danger every hour? I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.” (NASB) Here Paul refers to the daily trials and danger they face because of the strong and continual opposition to the preaching of the gospel. We suffer a lot in this pandemic but we need to stand firm. We suffer with Christ and the rest of the globe. Christ did not promise us to live a danger-free life, what he promised was that he will be with us always. he will never leave us nor forsake us.
The third reason is verse 58, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (NIV) Death has no more power over us. Sin which makes death fearful was finally destroyed. We have no reason to be hesitant or be doubtful concerning the doctrine of resurrection. Instead, we will find greater confidence and purpose in our Christian life and service as we understand the full meaning that the resurrection has for us – our labor will not be in vain. We will be rewarded in due time.
We must keep on standing firm, unshaken, in the face of coronavirus. We are assured that all our efforts will not be in vain. Because of the resurrection of Christ, we no longer fear death, we realized that serving him and standing firm in the midst of this pandemic is not empty and useless endeavor. Let us not grow weary and tired, instead, let us make every effort to stand firm and not be shaken!
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