Let us work tirelessly to prepare the world for when our Lord returns
Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The judge is standing at the door.
Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered.–James 5:7-11.
Waiting is a constant thing in our lives. We spend much of our time waiting. Often when we go to the doctor, the bank, or to pay our bills we wait. We often wait when we are traveling, especially if our flight is late.
Many people use their waiting time to make a nuisance of themselves. Whether they are at the airport or in an office, they complain about things over which they have no control.
I try to make the best of my waiting time. Normally, I carry a book with me and use the waiting time reading.
Advent is a time of preparing and waiting. We wait in anticipation. What do we do while we wait?
In the above text, James uses the farmer as an example. He used an example, with which his readers were very familiar. They understood the process of farming.
Anyone who has any knowledge or experience about farming realizes that the farmer plants his seeds and waits. He has no control over the waiting period. Consequently, he has to be patient. Getting angry or complaining does not give him an early crop.
Therefore, in waiting for our Lord’s second coming, His advent, we must be patient like the farmer. We cannot hasten His coming. We cannot predict His coming.
During this interim period of the advent of our Lord, what do we do?How do we live?The epistler, James implores us:”Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged.”In other words, we in the church should live in harmony and brotherly love. The devil is our enemy, not the brothers and sisters in the church.
Therefore, we should work together and use the time well. The Lord gave us an assignment. We are to tell the good news to the world. We are to evangelize the world, tell about the gracious and loving God who came to live among His people.
There is no room for us to complain. If we must make a nuisance of ourselves let it be to tell people of the Messiah who came to this earth to redeem humankind.
Let us prepare our family, our friends, our neighbors, and co-workers for our Lord’s second coming. That is our calling.
We know of the miracles, we know of the compassion. We know of the love. We know of His life, His death and His resurrection.
Jesus wants us to tell this story and to retell this story again and again. This is what the prophets of old did. This is what the Apostles did. They all stayed true and committed to their calling. Conditions of the time and obstacles did not deter them.
Let us emulate the lives of the prophets and the apostles and work tirelessly preparing the world for that great day when our Lord returns, not as a defenseless babe in a manger, but instead, the powerful Judge, Lord and King. As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. Amen
Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas, or telephone 323-4107; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org: Website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.