I’ve been neglecting reading for a bit and so today I made the conscious decision to sit down and read while I ate my breakfast (really really late breakfast) and this is where I left off before.
We don’t know when Christ is returning. A number of people claim they can figure it out by decoding secret messages in the Bible by counting every 17th letter and then unscrambling them to form a coded date and time that God has revealed to them or whatever other means they claim. However, right here, in Matthew, Jesus says no one knows, except God, when Christ is returning. Only the Father knows when that is happening.
What does that mean for us?
We need to be prepared. We need to remember that if we’ve lifted up this banner of Christianity, we need to live life in light of that. We don’t want to be caught unprepared.
I’ve been playing an online video game lately and recently I joined a guild to have other people to hang out, chat, and play with during my gaming time. Last night, I started to chat a little with a guildmate about working, parenting, and then God. He works overnights with people who have brain injuries and I worked with people who have mental illness. I talked about gaming overnight once when Patrick refused to sleep to keep myself awake while I held him. I then mentioned how parenting has given me a whole new perspective on God and a whole new way of relating to him. My guildmate said “I’m not a believer, I’m afraid” and I told him not everyone is and I respect that. He appreciated that and I went on to say that I would love it if everyone I talked to became a committed follower of Christ, but that’s not my job. My job is to plant seeds and to live an authentic life.
My job is to be a faithful servant waiting for my master to return. Because I don’t know when Christ is coming back and I don’t want to be caught unprepared or having forgotten about this relationship.
On Sunday, the pastor of our new church location preached and he talked about how those out in the workforce (not pastors) have incredible opportunities to share Christ with the people around them. He was saying that as a pastor, his presence is enough to change the climate of a room, and now that he’s had another job for a few months while his family prepares for the launch of the new church, he’s had different opportunities to share Christ than he ever would have had while being a pastor.
I was thinking about that as I contemplated talking about God to this person. I hesitated saying what I said, I wasn’t sure if it was a good or bad move, I just didn’t know. At the end of the day, though, how can I sit back and know I could have said something but remained silent?
Over the past few months, I’ve heard several sermons on heaven/hell, watched a documentary called Hellbound?, talked about the end times in a bible study, and watched a sermon series on the end times. All of those things have, for this short time, given me a lot to think about regarding eternity. Am I doing all I can for those around to me to see Jesus in a true and authentic way?
I know I live in a busy season of life, but that doesn’t mean I can’t reach out to those closest to me and share my faith, even if they already know. I messaged a friend a NOVEL basically asking her if she’s really ever thought about starting a relationship with Jesus. She never responded to it, but I was faithful to what I believed God was calling me to do. I talked to a complete stranger about how parenting has changed how I view my faith. Again, I was being faithful to what I believe God was calling me to do. I’ve sent bible texts to friends in need for them to read and meditate on, we gave some baby things to another total stranger who has fled an abusive relationship, we are helping out friends with a new baby by providing some other baby things we don’t need for now.
Sure, I can be pretty inconsistent about reading my Bible and about really everything in my life, but that doesn’t mean I’m done growing. That doesn’t mean that I can’t be the hands and feet of Jesus in this world, to those around me. I don’t have to post bible verses on my facebook page all the time or be really aggressive about “making sure those heathens know they’re going to burn in hell” or whatever. I can show love, compassion, and understanding and live my life in such a way that people think “hmm, there’s something different and I like it”. My actions and my attitudes are my biggest witness. Sometimes I need to use words, especially when I feel a specific push, but for the most part, my life speaks volumes (as others have told me).
Eternity is real. We will spend it either with God or apart from God and I would love to see nobody spend it apart from God. I have to do my part in showing them the truth but rest in the knowledge that they have to make their own choice. We plant seeds, someone else waters it, but only God makes it grow.
We just have to be faithful servants, good stewards of all that God has given us for a short while.
When was the last time you hesitated but ultimately obeyed what you felt God calling you to do?