Lots of people really enjoy “studying” (or arguing) the controversial portions of the Scriptures. For them, those particular sections of the Bible are neon invitations to loudly disagree over some doctrine or prophecy. It’s the fussing that they seem to enjoy.
The problem is that those passages teaching a specific doctrine or highlighting a prophecy, are not meant to simply be topics for discussion, but truths to be lived out. Consider, for a moment, the passages that deal with the return of Christ. We know He came as a baby, lived a sinless life, and willingly sacrificed Himself for His followers. We know He is going to come again, this time to rule and reign as our King.
But there is an undetermined amount of time between those two great events. Do we just discuss those details as if they were an academic topic, or do we let the truths change our behavior? Are we watching and waiting with anticipation? Where is our focus?
I got to thinking about those in-between times. There are lots of them. Like the seven days between one Sunday morning service and the next. Like the excruciating time lapse between the time the doctor says it’s a strange lump and the lab results come back. Like the time between the initial phone call from your boss letting you know they are downsizing your department and the second call letting you know you will lead the new team.
These in-between times can be so difficult. I am sure that is one of the reasons Jesus included the phrase, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” We need to remind ourselves that heaven is already behaving rightly. Those folks are already fixed on worship. We just need to follow their example.
We need to be watching and working. We must listen for that clarion call while we commit to our earthly service. We lift our eyes while we work the fields, looking for the Master’s return.
That’s why our series title is so important to keep repeating: “Thy Kingdom Come.” That spiritual mantra is so helpful. It will help us keep our focus on His return. Instead of allowing the in-between “stuff” to demand our attention and sway our hearts, we can keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.
This week, perhaps we might all benefit by praying something like this:
“Lord, you have promised to return. You have plans for your people. You’ve redeemed us for a purpose. We need to be ready with our hearts attuned with yours. Help me to see my kingdom assignment and to do it with passion.
May your kingdom come, and soon!”