Apparently the recent Brexit vote has left many in the UK looking for greener pastures as there has been a spike in the number inquiries into emigration to New Zealand on the heels of the vote. This turn of events reminds me of so many in the church who are just “bidding their time” until some “glad morning when this life is o’er.” There are simply too many of us waiting and looking to “fly away” when our attention should be on the opportunity and responsibility for our life in the here and now.
We are not the first generation to be so enamored with the thought of the hereafter to be little or no good in the here and now. Paul addressed the same issue with the church in Thessalonica in the first century. There were a number of believers who believed the return of Christ to be imminent and decided they need not work or prepare in any way for the future. They just woke up each morning looking to the skies with expectant gaze.
Now there is nothing wrong with longing for the return of Christ. In fact, that day is something to look forward to with great expectations! “When we all get to Heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be!” “When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory!” Heaven is sure going to be exciting and the excitement will have no end! But there is a reason Jesus hasn’t yet returned and it is important we understand something of our place in His plans.
WHY ARE YOU HERE???
Our life is on earth right now so that we might glorify God. This means we are a demonstration of His power and character to the world around us. Paul, in Ephesians, called us “trophies of God’s grace.” We are a living, breathing demonstration of God’s plan for mankind and as such we encourage others to have faith in Him as well.
Someone once warned me not to be so heavenly minded that I am of no earthly good. I doubt I have ever been in danger of such; unfortunately I’m afraid most of us never are. It is a good thing to be heavenly minded but if we make the focus of our faith and relationship with Jesus on the reward of Heaven we have relegated earth to a meaningless way station on the way to glory; God never meant our time here to be so.
MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR TIME:
- Talk to others about Jesus
- Serve in a local church
- Pray for others
- Pray for the world around you and specifically government leaders
- Volunteer in your local community and use it as a platform to share Jesus
Think, pray and volunteer! Get involved in the world in which you live! We are responsible for this generation of people! Live like it! The one thing you cannot do in Heaven is lead someone to Jesus!
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