What Will Normal Look Like?
I've had enough soft gospel. Enough gospel-lite. Enough hyper-grace. Certainly enough "deconstructing my faith" proclamations from every corner. Now is a time to get right with God. Now is a time for preachers to preach repentance and call people to turn to Jesus. We don't know what tomorrow will bring. We don't know how long this lasts and if it is a precursor for more to come. We all are ready to go back to "normal." But what if normal is something we don't return to?
I was reading through Matthew 24 today and Jesus tells the disciples several things about the end. It's a time of nation rising up against nation. Famines and earthquakes. False prophets that lead many astray. Into all of this Jesus is saying "Watch the seasons. Be alert, be ready. Now is not the time to fall asleep." Just as in the days of Noah, people went about their days eating, drinking, being married; all up until Noah went into the ark. They had no idea. No clue. And then floodwaters came..."the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man." (vs. 39)
What I'm trying to say is it's time to get our house in order. It's time to be ready for whatever is around the corner. Because we know someday, He's coming back. It's time to tell as many as possible. To warn as many as possible. This is a window of grace. Even if this is all a moment that passes and somehow normal comes back, we don't ignore how monumental this is. We've not had anything like this in 100 years. What is God trying to say by systematically shutting down life itself and shutting us in our homes? What is He asking us to do? I believe He's trying to get our attention: to turn our eyes back on Him. It's starting with the church; getting on our faces and repenting before the Lord. It starts with you and me, dear Christian.
If you don't know Jesus, I want you to know it's not too late. Will you trust Him today? I'd love to chat further with you if you have questions. Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I love you guys.