Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed by the news? I am so exhausted at all the death and destruction in the world. I peruse Facebook and see all the shares of Victoria Osteen’s video snippet telling people to do good for themselves. The video is disheartening for me as well but the constant shares by everyone give it more press than the popular Ice Bucket Challenges.
The devastating news of ISIS beheading of James Foley and now Steven Sotloff is nearly enough to knock the wind out of a person. It is disorienting for me to see that level of evil so rampant in our world. My heart breaks for the families of these individuals. Sadly, I suspect the news is so depressing for people that it is simply easier to ignore that this level of evil even exists.
Almost a dozen airplanes have gone missing in Libya, supposedly taken over by Islamic militants.
And yet, the trending topics of conversation are nude celebrity photos of Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence, the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie wedding, CeeLo Green saying, “It’s only rape if women remember it happening,” and vocal homosexual poster-boy Michael Sam likely getting picked up by the Dallas Cowboys.
We are so quick to share, comment, and tweet those passions. Sadly, more often than not, we don’t seem to be nearly as passionate about our relationship with Christ as we are those various “trending” topics.
Where is the Church? Why has it become more important to share the message of Victoria Osteen than that of Jesus Christ?
Is it because we assume everyone has heard the message of Christ? May I submit that this may not be the case? My father grew up in America and didn’t know who Jesus was until he was on his honeymoon/record-promotion tour as a hippie in the 70s. Christians must have assumed he knew cause their attitude towards him was “stay away from my daughter.”
Time is short my friends. You may not believe this but Jesus walked this earth nearly 2,000 years ago and prophesied that He was going to die and rise again – AND HE DID! He demonstrated power over the evils of the world, the false teachers of His time, and the most powerful cultural norms. He changed lives in such a dramatic way that His story was told over and over around the entire globe – before the tools of the Internet.
Guess what, He is still changing lives today!
Instead of focusing on telling someone the latest scoop on whatever stupid thing Justin Bieber has done, we should be reminding people that the most life-changing person who ever walked the planet IS COMING AGAIN – and likely very soon.
Jesus, the same person who predicted His own death and resurrection also told us He would be coming again in the last days. He warned that others are going to try to deceive us saying that they are Him (Matthew 24:4,5). He prophesied that the earth will mourn when He comes riding on the clouds, sounding a great trumpet and calling His followers home (Matthew 24:30, 31). People will mourn because it will be at that moment that they realized they had missed it cause they were to busy being focused on what they thought was more important. Jesus actually went on to say,
“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.” (Matthew 24:37-44)
You can choose to believe it or not, but Jesus is coming again and it is far more important to be busy doing His work than worrying about everything that distracts us from that work.
Matthew 16:27 tells us that when the Lord returns, He is going to reward everyone according to what they have done.
What are you busy doing?
I encourage you to spend every waking moment of your day drawing closer to the Lord and worshipping Him with your actions. If He returned tonight, would you be comfortable with where your life is? If you stood at the foot of His throne right now, would you have anything to lay at His feet as an offering? If not, then get busy living your life as an offering to Him. Be ready for that day when you meet your Maker.