I sat there with my friend chatting while our kids played nearby. It’s been a while since we’ve managed to get together, so there was plenty to catch up on. Usually our conversations run towards homeschooling, health/nutrition, family, and personal ministry: her calling within financial stewardship, mine in freedom and identity.
But that day, there was something new on her heart. I saw passion radiating from her while she spoke…
It was this same topic that’s arisen more and more over the past few years. It’s intriguing to me, where the God of the universe intersects our tiny calendar. The realization that our time here is short. The “End Times,” if you will.
Hold on…don’t let me lose you there!
We live and work and raise children and play and plan and save and repeat the day-to-day aspects of life in an ongoing pattern of repetitiveness. And that’s good! That’s great, in fact. That’s exactly what God placed us here for in the first place.
“…God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over…every living thing that moves on the earth.'” Genesis 1:27-28
Be fruitful! Multiply! Take dominion over the earth, which simply means to steward well the earth we’ve been given.
But God also said to be prepared. Jesus (…or Yeshua, the name He gained while here on Earth) is coming. Yeshua, meaning, “God saves!“
“Stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” Matthew 24:23
We don’t know the precise day or the exact hour, but we’ve been given plenty of signs and seasons, clues as to what is coming: the end of what we know here, the coming of something new. In the midst of living life and looking ahead, He’s said to keep watch. Stay awake!
But so many of us live sleeping, complacent, with perspectives limited to the immediate rather than looking around at the eternity which surrounds us.
Still, boiling it all down, I don’t want to be someone who stands on a street corner, holding up a sign, “The end is near!” while I forgo living in the meantime. I don’t want to shout a warning without a heart of love behind it. After all, the greatest commandment we’ve been given is to Love God and Love People. (Matthew 22:37-39)
But God is love. And His heart is that no one would be asleep spiritually when He comes for His own. He doesn’t give us signs to watch for in order to cause fear, because fear is the opposite of love. He gives us signs and clues as to what’s coming to give us hope – the end of the pain and struggles and sickness here on Earth is coming soon. He spurs us on to urgency, so that we look at those around us with fresh eyes.
Don’t fear! Be filled with hope, with anticipation! Stay awake!
And remember, that at the bottom of everything, living in relationship with God, through Jesus, who displayed the greatest act of love the world has ever known, and loving those in our paths is the key to it all.
“…With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance…” (2 Peter 3:8-9)
Now, a simple blog post is not enough to go into the details of the signs and seasons we’re surrounded by. So, please take a look (or listen) to see for yourself some of what we’re witnessing in our world today. See how recorded, ancient prophecies within scripture are finding themselves in our news headlines everyday.
Tipping Point series by Jimmy Evans – Taking a look at those critical junctures in our world, where we are heading towards a tipping point, a place of no return.
And, one final note: The End Times is one topic…one subject. Let’s keep balance, not letting this take over our awareness completely to the neglect of our relationships with Jesus, of growing in faith and character. This is one piece of a larger puzzle. It’s a topic to grasp, to learn about, to be aware of. It’s not an idol to be worshiped. It’s something to remind us of the nearness of God. Okay? Okay.
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