“But I’m not ready to leave. I have so many things on earth I want to accomplish and do first.”
This is the sentiment a friend has brought up a number of times in our discussions. We both really enjoy talking about scripture, and my particular interest in the end of times. In the past, I was more fixated on Christ’s return and leaving this past life behind. Which, my friend shared mixed feelings about. “But there’s so much I still want to do here and experience.”
(NIV) Colossians 3:02, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
Over the years, my interest has shifted from a curiosity in the supernatural to desiring an earnestness that pushes people to draw closer to Christ. While many people, especially those of us who live in comfort, focus on the “rapture” or anything positive relating to believers, my main concern has shifted to tribulation. What happens to those who thought they would be spared from trial and pain?
This isn’t to say we shouldn’t be encouraged that Jesus is coming back for His Bride, He is. However, time is fading. Our faith and walk with Christ should always be growing. So that, should we face ultimate torture and death, we can remain true to Jesus. (This is the unpleasantness a lot of people do not want to talk about because it makes us uncomfortable. It shakes us from the current reality, dreams, and plans we have.)
The end of times, to me, reinforces how crucial it is to live each day to its fullest, but then, to understand to whose fullest am I living?
I’m sure many share my friend’s concern. The flesh wants us to focus on our dreams, our future, our plans, etc. Again, there’s nothing wrong with this. It’s okay to dream and plan. But it’s vastly important we understand that ultimately this life is all about Christ. Everything needs to be shifted to Jesus.
Our lives should be a testament and glory for Jesus Christ.
(NLT) Proverbs 5:21, “For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.”
Those who are unwilling to surrender and submit to Him will fall away.
This isn’t complicated. This isn’t meant to be stumbling, but, yeah, it should scare you if you are sitting on the fence regarding Jesus.
Not reading scripture and “waiting for the right feeling or moment” isn’t going to draw us closer to Jesus. Never talking to God until bad things happen isn’t really helping us get a full sense of who He is or the blessings He is giving us in the good AND bad. Turning to secular means is never the best way to get to know God. We either know Him or we know the world. We cannot serve two masters. We are either selfless or selfish. (Matthew 6:24)
Think of a scale. Two scales in one that show a difference in weight (value). If we divided our time, our thoughts, who we are around, what we watch, etc, how much of it would reflect the flesh and then how much of it would reflect Jesus?
This information is not hidden to God. It’s no secret.
(NIV) Hebrews 4:13, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
If we want to draw closer to Him, then we need to make active choices throughout each day to do so. Wishing is meaningless. It’s not beneficial. We need to stop thinking, “I’d like to get closer to God,” and actually get closer to God.
Not everyone is going to be persecuted for their relationship with Jesus Christ, but we still need to be living a life that, should it happen to us, we are prepared for battle against the flesh and armored in the Spirit.
How is our life reflecting Jesus? Are we truly following Him?
Or…are we twiddling our thumbs, hoping the storm passes? It’s hard to admit to myself, but cowardice is a sin. I’ve been praying for courage because we all need it.
The time is now!
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