Is anyone else, like me, exhausted by our world? The headlines. The horrors. The havoc. The happenings. Don’t you just wonder what the heck is going on…and how much more can we take? How much worse could it all get?
How much more will God allow?
I have to admit that sometimes I wonder about this. How much more will it take before Jesus comes again?
And the whole truth is, sometimes I even wish for it to happen. Sooner, rather than later. It’s my ugly, selfish truth. The one that rears its head when I allow my flesh and humanity to get the best of me.
It’s the truth that comes out when I want to be more comfortable and less afraid.
But it’s totally selfish. (Did you hear me exhale as I said it?) I’m not proud of it.
You see, I know where I am going to spend eternity. I have full confidence. Complete hope. Total faith.
Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)
I know that heaven awaits me one day. I know it will be beautiful beyond my wildest dreams. I know I will finally be with my Savior, who will welcome me, even though I don’t deserve it.
I know that in heaven, pain and suffering will not exist. Peace will prevail. Love will most assuredly declare victory, and we will literally be able to bask in the glory of God.
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. (Revelation 21:23)
He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” (Revelation 21:4)
I know that I will finally be home.
The home I’ve always longed for. The home I long for even more on challenging and difficult days here on earth. It will be a state of perfection and fulfillment I’ve never known and could never possibly know until then.
But it’s not time. Not yet. And, there’s work to be done.
That’s what I need to remember. His timing, not mine. His plans, not mine.
It’s not about my comfort. Our lives as Christians are about His glory. His purposes.
If I hope for Jesus to “hurry up and come,” I’m selfishly asking for the easiest and fastest evacuation route, but He didn’t create us for that. He created us and commands us to love Him and to love others. And, He even promises to walk the road with us. We can lean on Him, and He will carry the burden too. So, there’s no need to hurry, actually. He sustains us while we’re doing what He asks of us. He responds to us when we seek Him.
Come close to God, and God will come close to you. (James 4:8)
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7)
So, I can quickly remind myself there’s no hurry. I can re-focus on what He will have me do with my life.
I am struck in these moments. Convicted. Because the world is harsh right now, and it doesn’t appear, as a whole, to be coming closer to Him. I’m sure God grieves this, and that’s EXACTLY why He’s graciously leaving us more time.
He wants more people to know Him – not just who He is; not head knowledge, nor a mere acknowledgement of what we hear on a Sunday morning. He wants people to enjoy the riches of being in a relationship with Him – on this earth and for eternity.
He is leaving us all more time, so that those of us who know Him can introduce Him to those who don’t. We can share how he is the best friend and most loving family we’ll ever know. We can share how He is trustworthy, generous, gracious, constant, loyal, compassionate and patient. He’s a great listener, a worthy guide and a gentle teacher. He is perfect love, who loves perfectly.
And He wants us all to be with Him.
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. (1 Peter 3:18)
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
He doesn’t make any distinction about who can come to Him. He wants us all. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done. It doesn’t matter how bad you think it is. It doesn’t matter how bad you think you are. He loves you and wants to share life (forever) with you.
God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)
This is Good News, friends. The greatest news ever, actually. And, it’s more worthy of sharing than any news headline or juicy gossip. This is news that changes peoples lives. Forever.
So, even though the world seems to have gone crazy right now, it’s worth it to remain. It’s worth it to do my part. It’s worth it to bring glory to God, because he saved me through His Son. He saved me in a thousand ways, really. One of them is heaven (and it’s such a glorious reward) but the thousand other ways save me every day, day after day, here on earth. Because He is with me now too.
It makes all the difference in my life.
Why wouldn’t I want to share that? Why wouldn’t everyone?
Especially now. Especially in these trying times. Especially when destruction is the most common headline.
Shouldn’t we show our friends and family how to survive? Thrive, even?
The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus came, so we that we can have life and have it to the fullest. (John 10:10)
I know this. I know it’s true. I know it with every fiber of my being, and He reassures me constantly. Every time I come to Him. Every time. He gently and lovingly reassures me of the fullness of life in Him.
And, so, during these difficult days on earth, I’m so happy to cling to Him. I’m so happy He’s leaving us more time. I’m so happy I can share. I’m so happy to have hope. Real hope. Real joy. Real love. Real truth.
And, you can too. I want you to know. But, more importantly, He wants you to know. And, He’s asked me and everyone who knows Him to help share this most beautiful news.
Make the introduction. Or re-introduce yourself, if you need to. You’re reading this, because it’s time. Your time. He’s been waiting for this day.
…and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:11)
Please note: I am not a Bible scholar or theologian. I haven’t even been a Christian my entire life. I know know what life is like without Christ, and I know how it’s different with Him. I know what it’s like to go to church and do good things, and I know what it’s like to submit my life to Him, follow Him and enjoy relationship with Him. I know what it’s like to place too much importance on how others view and love me, and I know what it’s like to have peace and confidence, because my value comes from Him. I’ve been on both sides. I know. I’ve been there. On both sides. They’re very different. And, it’s why I believe.
If you DO NOT currently have a trusting faith in Christ, I warmly invite you to reach out to me or any other Christian who believes in the power of the Gospel. Please feel free to contact me directly (no spam or mean comments, please) and I will, with much joy, discuss, answer questions and/or provide any guidance to resources that may be more helpful as you seek Him. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you DO have a trusting faith in Christ, will you please share this blog post or your personal testimony with someone in the next day? Will you commit to sharing your joy, peace and hope with someone who doesn’t know Him? Will you be brave for the sake of another, because you love them enough to share this gift of life?