Pastor Taiti Toroma: Covid-19 is the final boarding call – so here are 5 vital steps

Friday August 07, 2020 Written by Pastor Taiti Toroma, Seventh Day Adventist Church Published in Church Talk
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In this global pandemic, there are five vital steps to draw us closer to that which matters most, writes Pastor Taiti Toroma, from Seventh-day Adventist Church.

In the midst of a global pandemic, the world is hungry for a new direction and vital steps. If the coronavirus pandemic is only a glimpse of what will happen in the near future, how shall we conduct ourselves?

The Bible says that there is a time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1). There is a time to study and a time to implement what we have studied; a time to gather and a time to use what we have gathered. God allows things for a purpose.

Perhaps this is the final boarding call. As a nation we need to ask ourselves, what steps can we take during this crisis that may help us make it through?

We can address some vital activities now that will help us through present and future crises.

1

Deliberate prayer

Rather than having an extended holiday in leisure, use this time to nurture your spiritual growth. Be deliberate and dedicated to prayer. We are often so busy working for ourselves and neglect the important part of our spiritual journey that’s, to spend time with God.

There is danger of trusting to human plans and systems. Like the disciples, we are in danger of losing sight of our dependence on God. We need to look always to Jesus, understanding that it is His power, which does the work.

2

Deep study

Take special time to study the Word of God. In Matthew 24, Jesus accounts to events that will occur during the final crisis. He talks about catastrophes, wars, pestilence, and so on.

Among them, He also mentions spiritual apostasy, false teachings, false doctrines, false miracles, and false prophets (Matthew 24:24). We as God’s people must prepare for what is ahead, events so overwhelming that our preparation should start by carefully studying the word of God, and striving to imitate our lives to His teachings.

3

Appropriate preaching

Use this time to collect material for messages containing the fact that will prepare people for the final events. As Church Leaders, we are the shepherds of our foul. Be the best shepherd you can be by resembling the Great Shepherd.   Jesus, in His actions and His words to the disciples, prepared them for what was about to happen.

Will His sheep be like the five wise virgins or the five foolish virgins? Will they have enough oil to see their Bridegroom come?

4

Transformed relationships

Often we may be so busy serving the church that we may neglect our families. “If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?” (1 Timothy 3:5). Take time to be with your spouse and children.

Do not feel guilty in doing that; feel guilty when you do not. You are responsible for them. They need to be prepared for the end time and this is the vital call for all worshippers.

5

Unwavering trust

While we continue to pay attention to all details related to God’s work, our vital calling is love to God and humanity. Solomon said, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

Finally, if we are faced with death or betrayal, may we declare with Joseph, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:20). 

Therefore, in the midst of this global pandemic may these new direction and vital steps draw us nearer to what matters the most. The love of Jesus

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