"The building is not the church, it's the people. Be the mouth of God, the feet of God to show the world the love of Jesus Christ. We're going to be preaching out of the book of Jonah and about how he had to come back to God.
I saw on the computer this week that said concerning this virus situation, "Whoever was supposed to go to Nineveh, would you just go already." I thought that was pretty good, made me think of Jonah. The word of God came to Jonah. We could do a lot worse this morning than hearing the word of God. Hearing from God can change our lives. We can have orators to inspire us and comedians to entertain us but we need the spirit of God to come and change our lives. Our minds can be changed. If our hearts are changed, we can find no better friend than Jesus and no greater truth than the word of God. God can satisfy the longing of your soul.
Don't give place to the devil in your life or in your family life. During this quarantine or stay-at-home order, get with your family and pray together, sing a hymn, and get your family into the word of God. It's important. Listen, when the word of God comes to you, pay attention.
"Cry against Nineveh. Their wickedness is come before me." said God. You'll find when Christ first came preaching in Mark, the first message that he preached was "Repent." Why? Because man has sinned and come short of the glory of God. The message to Jonah was specific. He had to do something. He had to go to Nineveh to accomplish something for God. He couldn't say stay where he was. And today, for you to hear the word of God, you cannot stay where you're at spiritually to be obedient to God. I wonder today. Would you be willing to go for God?
Listen, the world is desperately wicked. The sin in the world needs to be cried against. It needs to be preached against. Get your eyes off this world and on Jesus. Jonah, Jonah, Jonah, why couldn't you just do what God said? It's twenty-nine hundred years later and we say, "Why didn't you do what God said?" If we could talk to Jonah today, he would say, "Just do what God says. Follow his word." Jonah, much like us, decided he would not.
Jonah paid the fare to run from God. If you dance before the devil, you're going to have to pay him someday. Don't fall for that. Don't pay the fare. Sin has to be paid for. Don't take the wages of sin and run from God. Repent. Be redeemed. God wants to save you from your sins.
Christ has already paid the price. Think about our souls being on the auction block. The devil bid high, he gave man all he could want. God came along in Jesus Christ and said, "I'll go all in." All you need to do is repent. The price is paid."