THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
LIVING IN THE END TIMES - 11
these times, “you see the day drawing near.” (Heb
10:25b). This “day” speaks about the end times.
This is the second coming of Christ and the time of judgment.
And so we must prepare. How do we prepare?
we are to walk the path of holiness. We must have “our
hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies
washed in pure water.” (Heb 10:22b). Only in this way
can we enter heaven. “Who may go up the mountain of
the Lord? Who can stand in his holy place? The clean of hand
and pure of heart” (Ps 24:3-4a).
having walked the path of holiness, we look forward with confidence
to the end. We face each day with hope. We look to God’s
promise of eternal reward. “Let us hold unwaveringly
to our confession that gives us hope, for he who made the
promise is trustworthy.” (Heb 10:23). Indeed, we “will
receive blessings from the Lord, and justice from (our) saving
God.” (Ps 24:5). We will be blessed in life, and we
will receive the ultimate blessing of heaven in the afterlife.
This is justice in relation to God’s salvation. Justice
is giving to the other what is his due. What is due to us,
by God’s own design, is salvation, to live eternally
with our Father in heaven. That is why Jesus gave his life
for us on the cross. Having given us his very life, will Jesus
withhold any good thing from us? Such is our hope.
we look not only to our own spiritual well-being, but to that
of others as well. We do not want anyone left behind, not
making it to heaven. We are brothers’ keepers. We are
to love our neighbor as ourselves. “We must consider
how to rouse one another to love and good works.” (Heb
10:24). Many are unaware, many are lost, many are asleep.
Those of us who know Christ and are living Christ should share
Christ. We are to witness to Jesus and to let his light shine
forth in and through us. “Is a lamp brought in to be
placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be
placed on a lampstand?” (Mk 4:21).
for those of us in covenant community, as the way for the
above three to happen, we must be faithful to our covenant.
“We should not stay away from our assembly, as in the
custom of some, but encourage one another” (Heb 10:25a).
We must attend our households, the prayer assemblies, the
teaching nights, the conferences, and all other important
activities of the community. These are designed not to take
away our valuable time, but to give us valuable inputs in
our continuing walk in holiness. The time and effort we expend
is an investment in our own spiritual well-being, as well
as that of our families. And God works through us in order
to encourage our brethren, just as we ourselves are encouraged
such spiritual good works are blessings not just for others
but more especially for ourselves. To the extent that we manifest
God’s love to others, that is the same measure by which
we will continue to experience God’s outpouring of grace.
“The measure with which you measure will be measured
out to you, and still more will be given to you.” (Mk
4:24b). When we give we receive. When we forgive we are forgiven.
When we bless others, we too are blessed. God is never outdone
in generosity. “To the one who has, more will be given”
the converse is also true: “from the one who has not,
even what he has will be taken away.” (Mk 4:25b). God
starts us all off in the same waybeing given the gift
of salvation, and being given the grace to live spiritual
lives and do good works. If we do not make use of these gifts,
for the good of others, then we will lose them. Even our salvation
and entry into heaven will be threatened. Thus we actually
have no choice. Our eternity hangs in the balance.
day draws near.