“And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.””
Revelation 21:3-4 NKJV
I am weary. Each morning I pull this tired body from my slumber and I drag myself to the edge of the bed. The pain that has been quiet as I slept, makes itself known as it screams through my entire body. For a brief moment I am filled with dread. “Another day.” I get up and mark up another morning to live for the glory of God.
I am sustained by the promise of God: He will never leave me or forsake me. He has carried me through every morning, everyday and I know that He is faithful. I also know that He will be faithful on that day when I do not awaken to pain, when I awaken in Heaven, with no sorrow, no regret, and no more sin. Death will be dead, and life everlasting.
Each morning our world awakens from the east to the west with global pain, filling every body and every soul and every home. Many arise to empty bellies and find screaming pain of hunger. Others awaken in persecution, bearing the physical wounds from their persecutors. Our world awakens to hatred, to xenophobia, to nationalism, to so many countless words and isms that define the conditions that make life virtually intolerable. There is no particular race that is guilty. The evil is equal opportunity and infects everyone. All of this will continue to get worse, and will hit a crescendo during that period that we bible believers call the Tribulation.
Imagine a world where there is justice, true justice. Not man’s interpretation of what justice is, but justice from God, that has no regard for politics or any other division conceived of by man. Jesus will rule. But, sadly, sin will still be there as those of us who have not called on the name of the Lord are desperately wicked. They will rebel against God. There ain’t gonna be no tear gas, but the fire of hell.
He will defeat the evil one once and for all, and then all the things we fear will pass away, cast into the lake of fire.
When I read the news, I long for that time. All of the striving will end, peace will prevail, and all people will live in harmony. Until then, I must be about the Father’s business. I tell one about the glorious Christ, about the great salvation that saved me from my sins, and a destiny in hell. For the one who hears, the future is now and they find that destiny in Heaven is assured. They will begin to see the change that makes peace in their heart.
The sin that has filled the world, and brought great pain will not be dealt with in our time by some mass salvation. It will be dealt with as it started: one person and God.
Believers, we must each seek to reach one more. We all know someone who we sense is open to the good news of Jesus. Pray for opportunities to have conversations that can lead to conviction, and in turn, lead to conversion. Reaching one. That one can reach one and eventually the harvest blossoms exponentially. Pray for the ones who may not be open, for that crack, that opening that will allow the seed to be planted.
All these things happening at this time are a warning to believers: we must be on task for the window of opportunity is closing. It is like a two minute warning at the end of the football game. Now is the time to score.
I am looking forward to the day I see Jesus. I am also rejoicing over the day He saved me from my sins, the day He made me new. On that day, my tears were wiped away, death lost it’s sting and my pain became only a temporary inconvenience.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
Romans 8:18 NASB
Until the Lord returns, victory must be won, one soul at a time.
Go out and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus, the One who died for the racist, for the bigot, for all who are filled with the sin of Adam. In Him, all the bad things have passed away.
May the love of Jesus change every heart!