Are we missing the point of it all?
Imagine for a moment someone so wrapped up in preparing and planning for an event that they miss the actual event. Or how ‘bout having a birthday party and forgetting to invite the birthday boy or girl. Seems absurd, right? Sadly, there are many who are doing exactly this. What I am referring to is the rapture of the church.
Ah yes, the rapture… something we’ve heard about our entire lives. A joyous thought for some and a terrifying thought for others. While it may seem like a fairy tale, it is an inevitable reality. As we edge closer and closer to the fulfillment of the end times made reference to in the Bible, I can’t help but wonder how real this is in our minds. Is it something we just know will eventually happen (you know, “one of these days”) or do we live and base our lives on this reality? Do we make decisions, reach out to people, and prepare as if God could come back at any moment? Are we so busy preparing for our futures that we forget to examine the state of our souls? How often do we really consider that Jesus will come “as a thief in the night” and that at any moment God could come back for His church?
Furthermore, this begs the question: are you ready?
To those who actually are busy working in the kingdom: are we so busy in the routines of living for God that we forsake our daily relationship with God? Now don’t get me wrong, we should be busy working for the kingdom of God. Jesus said (through a parable) “occupy (do business/be fruitful) till I come.” But being busy for God is no replacement for relationship with God.
I don’t want to miss the rapture from a church pew. I don’t want to be so busy with preparation that I miss the point of it all. Simply speaking, I don’t want to be so caught up in the preparations that I miss the party.
That will be all that matters.
Young people: In 2017, let’s live like God is coming back at any moment. Let’s work hard, but also seek the face and will of God.
Let’s live with no regrets.