I imagine some people would say I’m in denial or that I don’t care about what’s going on in the world, for I rarely speak of it, but it’s neither. There was a time when the news would fire me up, sometimes even to action (though looking back, that action wasn’t always good). But for a few years now I have found myself experiencing a strange yet wonderful detachment from what’s been happening around the world, but especially in our nation. I’m seeing a bigger picture of what’s going on, and trust in a sovereign God removes not just any but ALL fear of the future. I don’t have to wonder what’s going to happen because I know. Granted, I may not know specifics, but as events unfold it is strangely fascinating and potentially terrifying (if I focus on the circumstances and the trouble I see on the horizon, that is). In any event, I have found myself becoming more focused on God Himself and on my relationship with Jesus Christ.
I have a confession to make. It wasn’t too long ago that the thought of Christ’s return made me a little nervous. I “shrunk away” from the idea. It’s not that I didn’t want him to come back, but I didn’t have complete assurance of my salvation. There’s a reason the Bible says we should “strive to make your calling and election sure” and as my assurance grows it affects my life in many ways–all of them good. As my relationship with Jesus matures, so does my love for him and my longing to be with him. I can honestly say I am looking forward to his return because I don’t just know I’m a sojourner here, it has become a reality in my life.
That said, there is work to do. I believe each person has a mission in life, but there are two commands of Christ that we should follow: 1) Love God, and 2) love my neighbor. Benjamin Franklin used to start each day with a question, “What good should I do today?” He ended each day with one, too, “What good did I do today?” I believe there are many opportunities to do good, to love our neighbors. We just need to open our eyes and look around.
Time to go to work. So I ask, “What good shall I do today?”