In the book The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, Steven Covey has many helpful statements. One of them is: “The main thing is to keep the main things, the main thing.” With a lot of information and misinformation out there, the “main thing” gets crowded out by politics, covid-19, personal opinions, and the weather (that’s just for me). However, for those who are Advent Seekers, those who are actively anticipating the second coming of Christ, this is the time to be more vigilant in our devotion to Christ above all else, and the main thing.
It’s worthwhile to remind ourselves daily of the mission of the church, and focus on it with utmost discipline and prayer. Daily, we should be asking ‘how can I align my day with the main thing?’ We can easily lose focus overwhelmed by daily briefings, news, and statistics. Don’t lose heart. Also remember that lockdown does not mean lockdown of the church. Someone recently said, “Church building closed; church open.” The church mission does not take a break. Don’t wait until the pandemic is over or when the state reaches phase 4 of reopening to do the main thing. The main thing happened before, in the middle, and will also happen after the pandemic. The mission of the church does not do lockdown, but rather morphs into something greater. If the main thing for us is “to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them…” (Matt. 28:19), then how do we fulfill this mission? Paul made his main thing clear to the church leaders of Ephesus: “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts. 20:24). The mission is an allconsuming and adamant type of commitment.
If the pandemic has exposed some holes in your main thing, now is the time to fill them in with a better vision. Unlike the virus, the church is on the winning side.
“The church would advance from victory to victory, gloriously fulfilling her divine mission of proclaiming the gospel to the world” (AA90:2).
We ought to be preparing for the latter rain, poised to reap the harvest of the final call.
So, shall we get on with the main thing?