So, you’re freaking out because there’s a coronavirus pandemic?
Miss hanging out with your friends?
Can’t work, wondering how you’ll pay your bills?
Afraid you’re gonna get sick and die?
There is a cure for all this anxiety, but it requires some self-examination.
Because in fact, you only have one real problem, and it’s the same problem everybody else on earth has.
See that little dot in the picture above? That’s you, where you are, right now, at this moment in time. In the grand scheme of things, your life amounts to one little dot.
And that long arrow veering off to the right into infinity?
That’s the rest of time … your eternal existence.
The biggest problem you have is not what’s going on in your little dot of today.
What you should really worry about is that long line into eternity, because that is where you will spend a very long time … like forever.
Before you know it, everything happening right now won’t matter anymore. You will have died and begun your eternal existence.
Like everybody else, you have an expiration date stamped on your butt, and sooner or later your time is up.
The Bible says it is appointed unto us once to die, and then to face judgement.
The bad news is, not one of us can withstand the judgement of God. We have all failed to live up to his standards.
Sadly for us, hell is the default destination of every human being, because we are all sinful people living in rebellion against the God who created us.
But I have good news. About 2000 years ago, Jesus sacrificed his life on a cross to redeem us. He suffered in our place to save us from an eternity of darkness, separated from God.
Then he rose again from the dead to prove he had power over life and death.
Jesus promised that if we followed him, he would save us from hell and guarantee us an eternity with him in heaven.
He warned us against being complacent about this. He declared, “Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
Jesus paid the price for my rebellion. I have been pardoned. I don’t deserve it, I could never earn it, but I sure am happy to receive it—because I need it!
Despite all my failings, Jesus forgave everything when I gave up my rebellion. Because of his mercy I have been granted eternal life.
I will dwell forever in the Kingdom of God!
Humanly speaking, the worst thing that could happen to me right now would be to die from coronavirus.
But if that happens, I will suffer briefly, leave this troubled world, and then instantly begin my eternal life in heaven, joining a vast multitude of believers basking in God’s glory.
If that is the worst thing that can happen to me, what do I have to worry about?
If you are feeling anxious, I suggest you do a heart check: Do you really trust God? Does your life belong to Jesus? Are you truly born-again?
And if you are a true believer, does your conduct and attitude testify to that fact?
Because if we are truly God’s children, if we genuinely trust him, we will enjoy his peace. We will know there is nothing to worry about, because we belong to a loving creator who takes care of us.
Even if he should allow us to die this very instant, that just means we begin to enjoy the benefits of our eternal home sooner than we expected!
And if we should live, that simply means God isn’t finished with us yet.
As long as we’re breathing, we have work to do. We have friends and neighbors that need to hear about the love of Jesus and why they need him.
So, stop whining already. Coronavirus is not the end of the world.
And even if it were, that would only mean the beginning of eternity, which is good news for the children of God.
But if eternity for you means plunging into hell, then you should be worried.
Your little dot is about to expire.