We are a 'future based' people. We always want to know what is next. We skip to the ends of books to find out how it all wraps up.
We are naturally curious about what is next after our human, fleshly lives come to a close. This week we will look at several of the most basic truths in regard to this. They all flow together in this statement:
In His own time, God will bring this current world to an end when Jesus will return as King to judge all those (living and dead). Those displaying Christ Righteousness will be given their reward of eternal life with God. The unrighteous will be sent to everlasting punishment in hell. My life is victorious based only upon how I follow Christ not upon my accomplishments. Final victory will be met with these words from my Savior “Well done, My good and faithful servant”. My hope is found in the eternal Victory and Joy of living in the presence of God forever.
Let's just take the first part of this: God's Time. The end will come according to God's Timing not ours.
Read 2 Peter 3:8-13: But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment. Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.
God is more patient than us. His timing is perfect where ours is flawed. It is good that we need not be in control of this detail.
Further, we put our focus in the wrong spot when we focus on the 'when' of it all. Rather than when, we are to focus on the 'WHO'. It could be today but that only explains the urgency of the matter...focus on the fact that if it were today then YOU will be face to face with JESUS. Ready or not?
If it isn't today then the time we are given is based upon the patience of God. That time is a gift for us to spend wisely. Living each moment to the fullest. Being good stewards of the time, talents and treasure He blesses us with. Fulfilling The Great Commission of sharing JESUS (not the when but the WHO) with the world.