Before He ascended into Heaven, Jesus promised us that He would return for us, but He didn’t give us a time or date. In fact, He Himself doesn’t even know when He’ll return, only that He will (Matthew 24:36-41). Until He does return, however, He gave us the task of going to tell others about Him (Matthew 28:19-20). Why? Because when He does come back, it’s to judge everyone who has lived on earth for the way they lived (Matthew 25:31-46). His Father and our Creator, God, is holy and intended for us to be holy as well (Genesis 1:26-27), but we’re not (Genesis 3, Romans 5:12). Hence, Jesus came down from Heaven to pay the penalty for our sins and thus justify us in the eyes of God (Romans 3:22-26). This is Good News for you, me and everyone else so our job is to share it. He is coming, and He is coming soon (Revelation 22:12).
Recently I’ve found myself questioning how frequently I share this Good News. Am I intentionally using my every word and action to point people to Jesus? The hard reality is that I have no idea when Jesus is coming back so I have no choice but to live everyday as if He is coming back tomorrow. As Kris Allen sang, “[I’ve] gotta live like [I’m] dying.” My “last” words and actions should point to the only saving grace for mankind; the cross of Jesus.
Honestly, I’ve found that living for anything other than Jesus is unfulfilling. There are about 7.5 billion people on this earth. Not million; BILLION! Over 200,000 babies are born every single day (my wife takes care of some). Approximately 2.18 billion people profess to know the Good News, which leaves 5.32 billion who don’t. What are we, who do know, doing about those who don’t? More importantly, what am I doing?
I can’t save the world, but thankfully, I don’t have to. Jesus already did the work (Hebrews 10:4-10). My only job is to share what He did. I’m not a billionaire (yet) so flying to every corner of the globe to tell people about Jesus isn’t in the cards for me right now. Moreover even if I did, there’s no guarantee that everyone will listen. In fact, it’s very likely that most won’t (Matthew 7:13-14). So do I throw my hands up in air, like I just don’t care, and give up? I could, but I won’t.
Paul charged Timothy to always share the Good News (2 Timothy 4:2). Similarly, I’m striving to do whatever I can to further the name of Jesus. Life goes by quickly and there’s no guarantee that I’ll live to se my 50s (morbid, but true). I want to use my time well. I want to use any opportunity to share the Good News with others, through both personal conversations and supporting those who are sharing it across the globe (both in and out of the America). I’m not saying that I’m going to Jesus-juke every conversation or force myself into certain social clubs, but rather that I’m going to continue striving to intentionally live a life that authentically points to Jesus all of the time.
I’m praying the chorus of Hosanna over my life.
Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like You have loved me
Break my heart for what breaks Yours
Everything I am for Your kingdom’s cause
As I walk from earth into eternity