Have you noticed as of late how many people are continuously speaking about the rapture, tough times seem to do that to some individuals, it is to be expected. But I wonder, how many of these same people are spending the same amount of time speaking to the lost about their need to repent, to turn to Christ.
Not many I fear, the current circumstances seem to have pushed many of those away that might have given any thought to doing so, when the church locks its doors for fear of death, it does not signify an attitude of perseverance and determination to reach those in need of the Savior.
Many of them are reopened, some still wear their masks, singing songs behind their supposed protection, but even though the “all clear” has not been sounded, they behave as though the passing terror has, well, passed. Just a quick, short lived monster that came and went.
“A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.” (Prov. 22:3)
“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” (Prov. 28:1)
Which one were you, or should I say, still are.
My lovely wife and I did neither, we have not worn any masks, nor will we receive the vaccine, so we neither ran nor hid, we understand, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) Those that are continuously hoping for the Lord’s return, at least many of them, are not doing so because they have a great and longing desire to be with the Lord, they simply do not want to deal with it anymore, the times are tough, and they are not.
Perhaps some are the chaff that the Lord is separating from the wheat, perhaps some are truly saved, but in either case one item stands true, they are not as concerned for the lost as they are for themselves, and so the commandment of the Lord in Mark 12:31 is not being applied, they are not loving their neighbor. One could look upon those days as the account of the good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37. Many are in need of help, help that only those that are willing to be inconvenienced will offer, while the rest pass by, concerned with their own affairs.
If you have been crucified with Christ, ask yourself this, what’s the rush, why the hurry? We are going somewhere, probably sooner than later, that we will be for all eternity, all of these days will be a distant memory, in fact Isaiah 65:17 will possibly stand true for most of them, “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.” It truly begs the question of, if you are one of these “Oh Lord, come quick!” individuals, of why, why the hurry, and what, what are you doing for the glory of God today. “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” (Matt. 24:46)
Is that you? Are you going to say to Him in the day of your accounting, “I did all that was placed before me,” or how you spent the majority of your last days complaining because things were so bad, the days were so evil.
The general topic of conversation, whether we like it or not these days, is these days, we can do little about them, but that does not mean that we spend our time concerned with ourselves, we were not supposed to be doing that in the first place, we are dead in Christ, we are not to be concerned with self, save for how we can glorify God.
If you have a refrigerator in your house, and it starts to make noises that do not sound beneficial, it is not going to do any good to go into another room where you can’t hear it, hoping the noise will stop will not fix the problem. You have two choices, replace the fridge, or get it fixed. Two things are occurring on our planet right now, the Lord is moving in ways that are difficult to discern in any other way, the age of the gentiles (Romans 11:25) is coming to a close. He is preparing to replace the refrigerator. The other is, before He does that, He is sending the repairman, so to speak, to see if there is a possibility that it can be repaired. We are the repairmen, we are those that are trying to get the lost to understand that what is broken, that the sin of the world, cannot be fixed by any human effort.
Climate change proposals, green “new deal” initiatives, vaccines, mandatory lockdowns, documentation of health certificates, more and more money tossed at the problems are not going to fix it. Going around telling everyone that the Lord is going to return soon is not going to do anyone any good, unless you tell them of the way to escape, the way to be counted worthy. I will leave you with this thought, if you hire someone to do a job for you, and they do not fulfill the tasks set before them, are you going to pay them?