Jesus is speaking to us during this challenging time. He always has the right words in our times of need. Though some of His statements are familiar, they have more meaning during this pandemic. Or, what He says may be new to you. The important thing is to apply these words to your situation today. Live them. When you do, you’ll find purpose and perspective in the midst of this craziness.
What is He saying to YOU?
Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things (i.e. food, lodging, clothing) shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6.33-34)
It is more blessed to give than receive. (Acts 20.35)
Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7.14)
Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven…Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy…Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. (Matthew 5.3-12)
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify you Father in heaven. (Matthew 5.16)
When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. (Matthew 6.6)
Do not resist evil. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away. (Matthew 5.39-42)
He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. (Matthew 10.37-39)
Unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. (Matthew 18.3-5)
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10.27)
Do not labor for food which perishes, but for food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give to you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him. (John 6.27)
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing…As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love…This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. (John 15.6, 9, 12)
May you find encouragement from Jesus Himself during these challenging days.