Day 219 – Over to us
On: June 7, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it. I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.” “Where, Lord?” they asked. He replied, “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.” Luke 17:30-37

The reason for the urgent action we considered yesterday is made clear today. When Jesus does return – and no-one knows the day or hour – it will be too late to change things. Who we are, what we have become, will be fixed. A bit like a football match: whilst the clock is still running, there is time to change the outcome. But when the final whistle blows, the result is settled. It can never be altered.

This is sobering. But it shouldn’t be a surprise as, if our life is suddenly ended, there will be the same scenario. Our story will be our story. Is this uncomfortable? Yes. As it brings into focus our priorities, the purpose of our life. Are we here on Earth, for our allotted three score years and ten, simply to have some fun (accumulating stuff, making friends), then exit stage left – “like a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more” (W. Shakespeare)?

Or is there a bigger picture we are invited to be part of, with God at the centre and us discovering Him and inviting others to follow, that we might enjoy a whole different quality of life with Him, starting here and now and stretching through death to eternity?

This is what Jesus is speaking of when he says: “Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.” If we’re living for ourself, all that we have gained will be lost when we die; maybe sooner. If we are living for Him, relinquishing control of the steering wheel of our life, we will have gained something we can never lose. We will be part of an eternal royal family, adopted sons of a Heavenly Father; brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ.

We can either wait until that day when Jesus returns to Earth to see Him revealed.  At that point, if we don’t know Him, we risk being like dead bodies over which vultures will gather.  Or we can invite Him into our life today and learn to walk with Him – a life spent in the Footsteps of the King. Over to us.

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