Looking Up & Not Out

Greetings all,

Over the last few years, there has been a number of books written about the times in which we are living. There are many that are telling us that the end of all things is coming soon and that we need to be prepared for this. In many ways, I see how these authors are trying to help in this preparation. As I have read many of these there has been a couple of passages of scripture that keeps running through my head.

I wonder if many Christians are spending to much time concerned with the end times and this is causing many to worry and become paralyzed in fear and self-preservation. Now, before I go any farther in this discussion let me make a few points before many get mad at me.

First, I will say that we are closer to the time of Jesus earthly rule than at any other point in History and yes many things are taking place all over the world that seems to fit into some of the prophecies found in scripture. With that point, I would like to say that many times in history events like this have taken place. Let’s take a look at the first passage of scripture found in the book of Acts, chapter 1.

So when they had come together, they asked Him, “Lord, at this time are You restoring the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority.  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After He had said this, He was taken up as they were watching, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. While He was going, they were gazing into heaven, and suddenly two men in white clothes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come in the same way that you have seen Him going into heaven.” (Acts 1:6-11)

Here we see that the disciples were asking Jesus what time were things going to go down and look what Jesus said, “It is not for us to know”. Then he went away and the boys were just staring at the sky. It was like they would have stayed there until the “end times”. Which on a side note the term, “end times” is wrong! It’s the time when all things are made right so, I think of it as the beginning not the end. But anyway, Jesus had to send some angels to tell them to get going and not to stare at the sky. I wonder if some of us are so focused on “end times” that we are missing what God is doing or wants to do here right now with the restoration of people and relationships. Many of us get so focused here that it brings us feelings of hate about certain people groups. The thing to remember is even if things happen here is America (persecution), God is still in control and He is still about the restoration and redemption of all things to Himself. Another awesome thing about this passage is the fact that he says look you don’t know when but you don’t need to because I am sending you the Spirit to make up able to stand under the things of this life. Which leads me to the next passage that I think is appropriate in this conversation.

“This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the sky: they don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying? And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you–you of little faith? So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:25-34)

I know many of us will say, “well I am not worrying, I am just concerned.” I think that in this case it’s the same. Jesus tells us not to worry about tomorrow. I believe this also means don’t worry about how things will go down in the “beginning of all things” because your job has not changed. You still need to be living a life of reflecting Me (Jesus). I don’t think that we need to have a greater since of urgency now then we should of had twenty years or tow days ago. People still need and will need Jesus. Instead of looking up over the crowd we need to look out into the crowd and see where we are needed and get to work!

These are just some of my thoughts on this issue. If you are interested in more thoughts about this subject contact me and we can talk. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest…LOL

In His Grip,
Pastor Jason