THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
LIVING IN THE END TIMES - 6
“Behold, I am coming soon.” (Rv 22:7a). Jesus
will come again. Soon. Of course in the Lord a day is like
a thousand years and a thousand years like a day. But since
we are looking to the eternal consequences of our life on
earth, compared to eternity, the two millennia people have
lived on earth is short. Whether Jesus takes another millennium
to return or not, he is coming soon.
we don’t want to happen is to be caught unprepared.
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing
and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that
day catch you by surprise” (Lk 21:34). Such is what
is happening in the world today. People are whooping it up
with the pleasures of the world, and/or they are beset with
anxiety due to the many problems and challenges of life. The
former, often lived apart from God, and the latter, often
keeping one’s focus on the natural rather than the supernatural,
result in hearts that are drowsy, that is, not vigilant.
needs to happen?
must keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. Know that “the Lord
is the great God, the great king over all gods” (Ps
95:3). Know that God is Creator, “whose hand holds the
depths of the earth; who owns the tops of the mountains. The
sea and dry land belong to God, who made them, formed them
by hand.” (Ps 95:4-5). As such, all good things come
from God. When we enjoy the good things of the world, we must
not forget God. When we are anxious about the things of the
world, we must know that God holds everything in His hands.
He it is who cares for us.
this, we must maintain a proper relationship with God. “Enter,
let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the Lord who
made us.” (Ps 95:6). We must acknowledge God as Creator,
Father, Lord and King. It is in this way that we place ourselves
under His protective and loving care. “For he is our
God, we are the people he shepherds, the sheep in his hands.”
(Ps 95:7). We must accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, with great
joy in our hearts. “Come, let us sing joyfully to the
Lord; cry out to the rock of our salvation.” (Ps 95:1).
we do all this, we are able to gaze beyond this present life
and look to heaven. We look with anticipation, seeing “the
river of life-giving water, sparkling like crystal, flowing
from the throne of God and of the Lamb” (Rv 22:1). We
are helped to transcend the great difficulties and trials
of life as we anticipate our new and eternal life in heaven.
“Nothing accursed will be found there anymore.”
(Rv 22:3a). It will be a perfect existence.
the meantime, we struggle through life. There will be trials
and tribulations, as well as oppression and persecution. We
must not grow weary. We must know that God provides the grace
and strength for us to endure and persevere. “Be vigilant
at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape
the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the
Son of Man.” (Lk 21:36). We simply cling to God, we
give Him the worship that is His due, and in due time we “will
look upon his face” (Rv 22:4a).