Church growing up was terrifying at times! There were constantly dramas about the end times and going to Hell. Sermons frequently ended with “you could leave tonight and be hit by a bus!” While the book “Left Behind” had us dreaming nightmares of being held down while some guy in a uniform forced a bar code into our arm. It was frightening. Although by now I was so scared, even being saved scared me. I remember thinking of Jesus returning and all the believers being lifted into the air to be with him. I would say to myself, “I pray to God I’m not indoors when Christ returns.” Think about it; how horrifying would it be if you were stuck to a ceiling while others were outside joining Jesus in the air? (Please tell me I’m not the only one who thought of these things.)
Needless to say, my faith was based on fear and it only applied to death, the rapture and eternity. Having no purpose for the here and now life as we know it.
Now don’t get me wrong, the thought of missing out on eternity is frightening. Yet if your faith only applies to death and eternity, I’m concerned for you now. I fear you’ll never experience one of the essential reasons Jesus came, which was to give life and life more abundantly (John 10:10). I fear you’ll miss out on all that God has to offer now. Love. Hope. Peace. Strength. Provision. Grace. Protection. Wisdom. Forgiveness. Etc. Etc.
Why else do you think Jesus encouraged us not to worry about tomorrow and to focus on the here and now (Matthew 6:34)? It’s because he has something in store for you today! As well as tomorrow and the days to come, but you can’t miss out on what he has for you in this very moment.
Seriously! You could be hit by a bus tomorrow! So you mine as well live abundantly today. (I’m sorry, but that is just such a good line.)