My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, January 21, 2012
It will lead to an opportunity
And He said, “See to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not go after them.
(Luke 21:8 NASB)
“When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.”
(Luke 21:9 NASB)
“It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.
(Luke 21:13 NASB)
Don't we all love opportunities? It sounds like something really
good that may be in store for us, but when Jesus describes the
opportunity, it may drive people away. What he is saying here is in
stark contrast with what many believers would like to think will happen
in the future. Jesus is talking about times when things are difficult.
He is saying that there will be those who try to divert peoples'
attention away from him. They will try to have us believe that they are
the Messiah, or that they are pointing the way to him who will return.
There will be many false prophets, and we have experienced those in our
day. He also says there will be all kinds of major world-wide
disturbances in the forms of wars, earthquakes, etc. However, here is
part of the message. He says that it is necessary for these things to
happen but that does not mean that the end is going to happen
immediately. Rather, they are just signs but hang on there's a reason
for all of this. The reasons are not so that we can calculate a day or
time when we are going to be removed from the earth, but rather, that we
have an opportunity to share our testimony. Adversity leads to
The message here is powerful for followers of Jesus Christ. Yes,
we have the hope of a future with him, but at the same time, we are
messengers in the kingdom of God which is already here on this earth.
Our hope is not to wait around to be removed from this earth, but
rather, to engage in what is happening here on this earth. Yes, to
engage in the results of wars, famines, and earthquakes, for these are
opportunities for us to share our witness and our testimony about him.
Too often our focus is on ourselves. We want to leave this place and we
are longing for something better. Yes, that will happen, but our
longing should be to be able to be his messengers and servants here in
his kingdom. We are his foot soldiers and we are to march into the
adversarial situations bathed in prayer so that God would give us the
very words of testimony which he wants us to speak in those
Lord, please help me to make the most of every opportunity that I have to share you with this world around me. Amen.