Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Be about our Father’s Business

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

2nd December 2012

The end of the world is nigh!

We’ve only got a few short years left!

The Great Tribulation will soon be upon us and then Jesus will return!

You’ve probably heard these and many similar statements over the years. But the truth is we do not know when Jesus will return.

Jesus couldn’t have been plainer when He said,

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father”. (Matthew 24:36)

Paul was equally clear about no one knowing the timing of Jesus’ return. He wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-9:

“Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ”.

Believers won’t be surprised by the day of the Lord, Paul says. But the reason they won’t be surprised, he tells us, is not because they know the time in advance. Paul says that believers won’t be surprised by the day of the Lord because their hearts are in what Jesus told them to have their hearts in.

Remember Jesus didn’t say, “By this everyone will know you are my disciples, because you will be predicting the time of my return.” He said that everyone would know who his disciples are by their love for one another.

But it’s so much easier to predict the end time than it is to love others, isn’t it?

Prediction is exciting; loving your neighbour is boring.

In one sense, every Christian who has ever lived has been in the “end time.” That’s because the only time any of us know is our own lifetime, and when our lifetime ends, our next moment is with the Lord.

When you think about it that way, it doesn’t matter whether Jesus will literally return in your lifetime, because you’re going to meet him the minute you die anyway.

Realizing that, we can be free to devote ourselves to loving others, which includes spreading the gospel, instead of wasting precious time trying to figure out something Jesus plainly told us we would not know.

What are we supposed to be doing while we wait for Jesus to return?

We’re supposed to be loving one another and loving our neighbours.

We’re supposed to be living and sharing the gospel.

We’re not supposed to be obsessing over whether Jesus will return in this generation.

So as we approach Advent and think about the second coming of Jesus, just forget about dates, and times; rather get on with what really matters; Let’s be about our Father’s business and live for Christ as we love one another.

Have a good week living and sharing the gospel.

Pastor Barry

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