Do you believe Jesus is coming back? And possibly soon? What thoughts and feelings does this question stir in you?
I am always amazed at how expectant the apostles and early believers were – they believed Jesus’ return was imminent, and they lived accordingly. They worked tirelessly, sacrificing their comforts, possessions, and even their lives, since they wanted to bring as many people to heaven with them as they could. They would not shy away from any opportunity to share their faith and the gospel, or to show God’s love in a tangible way to those in need. And you know what? As a result, they were accused of “turning the world upside down” (Acts 17:6)!! Christianity spread like a wildfire during the first century or so, growing exponentially, despite various external efforts of squelching the flame.
So what is different today? How have we lost the urgency of Jesus’ return? If anything, we are now closer than ever, and you’d think that this truth would motivate us more than ever to put everything on the line, to give our all to the cause of the gospel. Who cares about comfort? So what if we’re rejected? There’s a world of people out there who need to be befriended and who need to hear the gospel that can save them for eternity!
But too often, we forget. And trust me, I speak from experience. We get caught up in the day-to-day grind and rat race, we care more about the spilled milk on the floor than about our neighbour’s soul. We have a million “urgent” things to take care of on our to-do list, and the Great Commission just gets squeezed out of our busy day. We feel guilty for a while when we think about it, it makes us uncomfortable, but then we go back to living as if tomorrow was promised to us.
However, in a conversation about His second coming, Jesus Himself warned us: “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’” (Mark 13:35-37)
The apostles understood this, and there is no way they wanted to be found “sleeping”. May we also stop snoozing, and get up, get out, and get moving. Let’s make every day count! Let’s live every day as if it was the last!
Jason Gray puts it this way when he sings (It’s Good To Be Alive):
I wanna live like there’s no tomorrow
Love like I’m on borrowed time
It’s good to be alive
I won’t take it for granted
I won’t waste another second
All I want is to give you
A life well lived, to say “thank you”
Jesus is coming soon! Meanwhile, He expects us to continue and finish the work He started here, and He wants us to be ready and waiting, like a bride for her groom! ““Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city” … He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:12-14 & 20)