Build God’s kingdom on earth
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
“. . . Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”–Matthew 24:36-37,42.
Happy New Year!Yes, we are in a new church year. Last Sunday, we celebrated Advent, which begins the new church year.
Advent is a time of waiting and expectation. We wait for the coming of our Lord. We give thanks and praise for His first Advent, which brought salvation to human kind. Today we look forward to His second coming when He will gather His church.
As we wait, we are aware that we live in uncertain times. Our world appears to be constantly in turmoil. In recent times, we witnessed the almost collapse of the stock market. The economy of most countries crashed. We have witnessed numerous natural disasters far away and near to home. Crime in our communities is on the rise without any indication of abatement. People are losing their jobs, homes, and family.
During the past days, in the news, we heard of the North Koreans flexing their muscles. They made an unprovoked attack on South Korea.
Almost every time we turn on the television, the radio or open the newspaper, we learn of more degradation in our world. The church seems to be losing ground. The new people of the world do not have a loyalty to God and his church, as did their parents.
In recent times, the church has taken positions, which puts it in a state of apostasy.
Churches are closing their doors and the devil seems to be gaining ground.
As we see all of this uncertainty around us, some just want to throw up their hands in disgust. They become discouraged. Some would say we are going to the dogs. What is left for us to do?
There were uncertainties during Jesus’time. At the time when He was talking to His disciples, there was an air of uncertainty about His life. His impending death was near.
Jesus acknowledged that the church would encounter uncertainty. He warned us about the events we witness in our world today. He said people will be in the same mood as they were during the time of Noah.
Yet, in the uncertainty in Noah’s time, he kept focused on God’s Word. Even though Jesus’death was near, He preached the Gospel and remained faithful to His mission.
In the face of this uncertainty in our world what do we do?Jesus wants us to put away worries and concerns about the future. The future is God’s. He is the only one who knows when the end will come.
If that is the case, then why should we waste time worrying about the end-time?
In these uncertain times, let us not waste our precious time attempting to calculate and predict when the end will come. Life is too short. Jesus said,”No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son.”
In the interim of His coming, Jesus wants us to go and make disciples. Touch lives. Build God’s kingdom here on earth. Make a difference. Demonstrate our love for God through the things that we do in His name. We do not have time to sit around calculating. The day of our Lord’s coming is the best-kept secret of all times. Amen.
Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor The Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas or telephone: 323-4107; E-mail: [email protected], Website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.