No day passes by without a dose of bad news, from the recent killing of two black men in two separate cities in the United States and the resultant killing of five police officers in Dallas Texas by a black man in revenge for those attacks, to the mowing down of 84 people in Nice France and the recent attempted coup in Turkey, the world is full of tragic events unfolding every minute of the day.
Many have proposed a theory of bliss and ‘heaven on earth’ for believers in Christ. However, if we consider the word of God more closely, we know this is only a fantasy. It is more or less like some form of psychological gimmick to get people ‘high’, though often short-lived, for reality always immediately sets in.
In Matthew 24, Jesus predicts the days we are experiencing now “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars… For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilence, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24 vs 6-8). The beginning of sorrows definitely means news like we hear every day, sometimes personal losses and disappointments all wrapped up with global events. If we who believe in Jesus know these things, what should we be doing?
I know that many people strive to end world injustice, bridge racial, tribal and even religious gaps. Indeed, there is nothing wrong in trying to make the world a better place; but as long as Jesus is not the reason behind these actions, we will never fully realize these goals. Moreover, people who champion these causes will often get overwhelmed; for when we think we are making an impact, more bad news and disaster tend to come in again (Any good work not done through the heart of Jesus, satisfies only the flesh).
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So what should our disposition as Christians be in these times? First of all, we must remove from our minds the idea that we can have world peace, for if this was the case, there would be no need to look forward to Heaven! Heaven is the place where there will be no more sorrows or pain, no male or female (and all the drama that comes with gender differences), no master or slave, no rich or poor, no black or white, we will all be changed! Yes, no sickness or hunger, everything thing will be perfect. We will have full and complete peace on the other side of eternity.
Secondly, we must be deliberate about sharing the gospel of Jesus with everyone we are opportune to do so with. If these signs speak of the end to come, we must see our friends, neighbors, and colleagues as souls that must be won for Jesus. We cannot go on as if all is well because it is not!
Thirdly, we must be ready to suffer for Christ and perhaps even die for Him, for we will become enemies of the world if we stay true to our faith. Jesus told His disciples “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.” Though everything looks bleak, we can rest our confidence on the words of Jesus: “ In this world, you will have many troubles, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world” (John 16 vs 33).
The peace we have been promised on this side, is the certainty of eternity with Christ in heaven, so even in the midst of all the uncertainties and the calamities that we experience every day, we are not troubled like the unbelievers because Jesus is coming back for us, that where He is, we will be also, and believe me, where He is, is PEACE EVERLASTING!
Have you received the assurance of spending eternity with Jesus in heaven?
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