Lockdown. How’s it going?
Kids homeschooling; parents negotiating new home based routines around childcare and work; video calls with people we usually meet for coffee. We’re upskilling our technology. Downsizing our portions. Children are having ‘virtual play dates’; we’re experimenting with online bible studies; sharing a pint via google hangouts. Breakfast with friends on Zoom. WhatsApping everyone we know!
We’re on it. We can do this. This is fine.
But what happens when the novelty wears off.
How do we prepare ourselves, now, for the weeks ahead?
The Apostle Paul was in lockdown when he wrote the book of Philippians. Under house arrest in Rome. Not allowed to go out. He had time to think about what mattered most. He knew the Philippian church was struggling. Persecution. Bickering and complaining. Others feeling left out. Paul’s instructions were clear.
“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ”. Phil 1:27.
Ok. Sounds good. How do we do that? Paul ends this four page letter- do read it this week – with such clear wisdom.
“ Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”Phil4:8-9
Finally, says Paul. In conclusion. Because of all that Jesus did for us, humbling himself ‘obedient to death – even death on a cross (2:8), and remembering all that I have taught you about living lives worthy of the Gospel, focus your minds on those things that will keep you united in Christ Jesus.
‘And the God of peace will be with you’.
When the children were young, my husband running his business from home, my personal space almost zero, these verses kept me grounded in Jesus and brought me peace.
They still do – most of the time!
Locked down in Rome, unable to go out, Paul wrote from experience. His words still speak to those of us living alone, at home, today.
Victoria Alexander: Pastoral Coordinator
Father God, we pray that in all we do, and think, and say, we may each live a life worthy of the gospel of Christ. Amen