We are living in and through the days leading up to the return of Jesus. That is why so much is happening on the news and all over the Earth. The prophetic books of the Bible foretold of this time over 2500 years ago and the book of Revelation was written during the first century 2000 years ago. Nearly every prophecy has come true except for the “taking up” of the church and its believers. Why do I say it that way? Because not everyone in the church truly belongs to Christ.
Some people in the church are just on the membership roll, they haven’t given their hearts and their lives to Jesus because they’ve been in church all of their lives and they believe that is all that is needed. Church membership doesn’t get you or me into heaven. Belief in Jesus as my Savior and your Savior gets you into heaven. God knows who will accept His Son as their Savior and He knows when that will happen. Some people may accept Him the first time the Holy Spirit touches their hearts. Some people want to wait a while but God knows when they will give their hearts to Jesus.
He also knows who will not accept this challenge. What challenge? Living as a Christian is not easy because Satan begins working on your life and your attitude trying to ruin your witness that others may see. He might’ve helped you get whatever you wanted before you give your heart to Jesus but when you become a Christian, Satan will attempt to take everything that you have from you. I don’t mean that he will afflict you as he did with Job in the Old Testament but he will try to take you back to your old way of life.
God’s timing is true and always on time and the end will come. The time of the Tribulation is coming soon and the “taking up of the church” will happen before that. Life is changing, our time on Earth is short and I pray that you will seek Jesus as your Savior today. Because our time is short.
Why do people reject new ways of looking at or learning about the gospel? Our lives are so built around traditions that we have grown up around, especially in our religious practices. Even our ideas of how Jesus lived and acted are bound up in our ideas of what He would or wouldn’t do. How could we know? The writers of the gospels didn’t talk about Him laughing or having fun. The only verse that says anything about His emotion is the shortest in the Bible, “Jesus wept”.
God doesn’t have to conform to our ideas of what He would or would not do, especially in the Person of Jesus. Yes, He cried when He came to the tomb where His friend was laid to rest but He knew that he would live again. Can we learn and understand the gospels in a new way? Only if we are willing to. God has been using the series, The Chosen, as a way to reach so many people with the gospel over the past few years. Whether there will be time to finish the series or not is up to Him but if that happens many people will be brought into God’s Kingdom because of it.
God loves His creation, especially mankind, but He has never been too fond of the way we live and act toward each other or the world around us. We idolize so many things and people and most don’t even realize they are doing it. I pray that anyone who reads this small post will seek Him out to become their Savior. He is coming back for His church soon. I pray that you will be part of it.
Life is supposed to be lived with your eyes front. Looking forward to what lies ahead of you. But do we live this way or is it just a fond saying that we hear or maybe learn at some point in our life? Eyes front! is a command that I remember hearing in basic training a few decades ago. So what does it mean to us today?
The better part of it is that we shouldn’t be looking behind us and we should be making plans for the life that is ahead of us. The present, which is today, is something that we can’t plan for because we got up this morning living in it. The “present” is today and it should be used as a way or a pathway to get to our future…tomorrow.
Jesus said: 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Look toward tomorrow but do not fret about it. Keep your eyes on the work that Jesus has given you to do and the days will take care of themselves.