What are we supposed to do while we wait for Jesus? I have recently seen some articles written where people have taken an attitude that since Jesus said things were going to get real bad right before He returned, we shouldn’t worry about the condition of our society and our world. Think for a moment about the implications of that on the world around us.
We don’t need to worry about voting, since we don’t like the candidates anyway. We can’t do anything about the decline of public education, or the abortion rate. Much like some cults in years gone by, let’s just withdraw from the world and worship and hide with other Christians.
Amazingly, that attitude is not new. Zealous Christians in every generation have believed Jesus might come in their lifetime. It should be that way. I can remember in my college days during a particularly trying time saying to a friend, “I hope Jesus hurries up and comes back.’ He said to me, “I didn’t know He had left us.” Point well made.
One of my cousins recently had a knock on the door of their house, and two people standing on the front porch said, “Have you found our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ?” The response he gave was classic. “I didn’t know He was missing.” Waiting for His return in bodily form to the earth should never inspire us to do less, but always more.
The writer of Hebrews says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Heb. 10:24-25) Peter asks in 2 Peter 3:11, as the day approaches, “what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness.”
The point is, the closer we get to the Lord Jesus’ bodily return to earth, the more diligent we should do all that God has told us to do. Waiting on Jesus never means being idle. We work while we wait. We are to witness to a lost world. We are to care for widows, orphans, strangers, homeless, and all the least of these. We are to pray for and work to have a peaceful government. We should be salt and light in a world desperately seeking truth, even when they don’t know it.
Since a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day to God, because after all God is outside of time, we have no idea how long we will wait. It may be today that He returns. It may be another 1000 or more years. It is on the Father’s calendar. We are to do what He has called us to do, and we are to do it with all of our hearts and strength. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar and a heretic led astray by the father of lies and the author of heresy, the great enemy.