Being part of a family on mission

Hi, my name is Grace and I’m part of the Taylor family. My dad asked me to share my perspective of being a family on Mission.

At the moment, everyone in the UK are cooped up in their houses due to the Coronavirus. This means no social gatherings such as church, as people don’t want to catch this virus. But if you are like my dad, who is devoted to God, that means no going out to different towns and churches to spread the Gospel and Jesus’ word. I imagine this is going to be quite hard for my dad and people like him but we must have faith in God.

In Luke 8:22 – 25, Jesus and his disciples wanted to get to the other side of a lake. As they were sailing across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But then a fierce storm came down.  Water was filling the boat and  wind and waves were battering them. The disciples were panicking and in danger but weren’t trusting God. They finally woke Jesus up and he rebuked the storm with a simple word. Jesus then asked “Where is your faith?”

The point I’m trying to make is, even though we are all going through a tough time right now, we should not panic but look to and ask God for help. God is our heavenly father and loves us so much that he sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to redeem us as a sacrifice!

My question is, why do people think that being a follower of Jesus is about going to a building once a week, sitting in a row and listening to someone talk for 45 minutes? As a family, we try and read the Bible every day because we want to live like Jesus says we should. Jesus didn’t go to a building or to any religious meetings. He walked with God, gathered a community of friends and traveled around bringing God’s Kingdom and helping each other through hard times and persecution. God was with them because He lives with his people, not just in a building.

As a 12 year old who has not yet been baptised, I still have lots to discover about my faith and trusting God. I think that sometimes when I go to a church I tend to switch off as I find it quite boring sitting still for an hour listening to someone speak. I find it much more interesting when a gathering is fun, people can participate in things showing how God is great and acting out different points in Jesus’ stories. When I have shared my faith, there have been people who have tried to bring me down but I just ignore it because they are yet to discover God’s amazing work and what he’s done for us.

When we gather for church, we sit around a table, eat delicious food and share our highs and lows. We read a story from the bible and discuss it and think about what we need to do about it. After this, we pray for one another and encourage each other to share Jesus with others we know. This brings us all closer to each other and God and helps the mission to spread.

To wrap this up, next time you are bored or panicking about all these different things, have trust in God because He will calm the storm and help you get to the other side.