‘Bible Impact’ Meditations No.31: A goal in sight
1 Cor 15:25 “he must reign UNTIL he has put all his enemies under his feet.”
I have dared call this study ‘a goal in sight’ because Jesus’ goal in clearly expressed through the revelation he gave to the apostle John for our encouragement – to come as a conquering king and to bring into being a new dispensation, a new world that the closing chapters of the book we call Revelation speaks about. But the thing about ‘sight’ is that on a clear day on a flat part of the world you can see a long way and so his coming to start to bring those things into being may be just round the corner or they may be centuries to come, we just don’t know. He warned us about that.
Solomon warned that none of us know how long our years will be (Eccles 9:12) and Jesus warned (Mt 24:36) that none of us will know exactly when he would return, but he did charge us to live lives that are prepared (Mt 25:1-13, Mt 24:32) and ready for when he comes, that we will not be caught out (Lk 18:18). There are numerous parables of Jesus that give this same warning – be prepared, be ready, be found to have the resources needed to keep you in dark days, be found to be using the resources God has provided for us. Serious challenges that bring a sharp edge to today as we are prepared for ‘tomorrow’.
The Godhead works to a predetermined time-scale. They KNOW how it will all pan out, they are working into it with quiet whispers, sometimes strong interventions while still giving men and women the most incredible privilege of being allowed to make choices. We make them in the light of all we know (or should know) and in the light of the unravelling circumstances that are such a mix of evil AND good (never lose sight of the good things of today). For us there is a guaranteed end – to be with Him in eternity, but there is also this call to live full of faith and whole-heartedly in the present day, taking hold of the resources Jesus has earned for us – God’s Spirit, His grace, His wisdom, His fruit, His gifts – and use them, first to enable us to stand in the face of the darkness the enemy seeks to bring over the earth, and then, second, to use to bring light and life to the area of the world where we each are.
And that’s the wonder, we are not alone, Jesus is always with us AND we have one another to encourage, support, challenge and build us up. This is not a time for sitting inactive letting the world fall about around us, it is a time for each of us with our individual callings and giftings to rise up as the body of Christ and let his life and love pour through us to this sin sick world. So, let His love and light shine in you, goodness and truth be seen in you, and be at peace while HE reigns.