by Danny Tariman
“The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior, Who will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love… I bring about your restoration before your very eyes, says the LORD” (Zephaniah 3:17,20)
With this world-wide pandemic, almost everything in the way we live has changed. The way we work, the way we interact, and even our usual family activities have changed. No unnecessary going out of home, no travels. Suddenly the whole world stopped. As if the Reset button was pressed.
There are a lot of talks about the “new normal” when we return to our usual activities. Social distancing, washing of hands, cleansing oneself before entering home, wearing of masks, and many others.
In our daily lives as Christians, can we practice these New Normal? The verse above reminds us that the Lord will renew us… will restore us to the life that He originally planned for us.
Sharing some insights on how we can keep this new life in Christ.
“My son, should sinners entice you, do not go if they say, ‘Come along with us!'” (Proverbs 1:10 )
In the new normal, we should keep distance from people of bad influence. Let us not associate anymore with people who live in a life of darkness and sin. Socializing with these type of people will push us back from attaining this new life in Christ. Let us maintain social distancing from this type of people, otherwise they can drag you into a sinful life.
Washing of Hands
“Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts.” (James 4:8)
This tells us to come to the Lord whenever we have displeased Him, or have committed sin, and ask for His forgiveness. We acknowledge before our loving and merciful God our sinfulness and repent of our sins. A true repentance means turning away from sin and the sinful life.
“They will wait while I am silent and listen when I speak; and when I shall speak the more, they will put their hands upon their mouths” (Wisdom 8:12)
As Christians, we are to be channels of God’s love. We say words that encourages, and not dishearten; words that lifts up, and not put down. And if there is a temptation to utter hurting words, we better cover our mouths with our hands – like putting masks on our mouths.
New Way of Life
I read in the social media that in the new normal, people will sanitize oneself before entering his home: remove sandals, change clothes, wash face and hands. Indeed, to ensure that before he comes into the home, he is clean.
“Let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of flesh and spirit, making holiness perfect in the fear of God” (2 Cor 7:1)
We have been redeemed. The Lord had paid the price for our sins. Being Christians, we need to constantly remind ourselves to be clean before the eyes of God. Let us remove from our midst anything and everything that will keep us away from God. Galatians 5:19-21 says “the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
We should get rid of the sinful life that we have lived in the past. The Bible says “whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Cor 5:17). We have been renewed in Christ, and therefore, new creations. Let us avoid going back to the old ways of life – a life of sin, of darkness, of misery. Let us avoid sin, and all occasions of sin.
I pray that in this “new normal” we will all experience what the Lord has promised us in John 10:10B “a life to the full!”