THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
LIVING IN THE END TIMES - 12
November 13, 2015
Today’s gospel: Luke 17:26-37
The end will come when people least expect it, as they are
engaged in the usual activities of the world, such as “eating
and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage” (v.27a),
“buying, selling, planting, building” (v.28b).
In the days of Noah, “the flood came and destroyed them
all” (v.26), and “on the day when Lot left Sodom,
fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all.”
says that so will it be in the day of the Son of Man (v.26b,30).
What does this tell us?
One, we should always be prepared as we do not know when the
end will come. But the end surely will come.
given the above, we must be looking forward to this cosmic
event and not regret or look longingly to the world we will
be leaving behind. “On that day, a person who is on
the housetop and whose belongings are in the house must not
go down to get them, and likewise a person in the field must
not return to what was left behind.” (v.31). We must
know that God has something much better for us. “Remember
the wife of Lot.” (v.32). Told not to look back, she
did, and turned into a pillar of salt.
given the above, we must be detached, and such detachment
should be happening right now. “Whoever seeks to preserve
his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it.”
(v.33). We must not spend all or even the bulk of our time,
energy and resources on the things of this world. That is
not the best investment, as all of those will be lost in the
end. On the other hand, if we turn our lives over to God,
if we live totally for Christ, if we use our lives as instruments
of the Holy Spirit, that is, losing all for God, then that
is how we will experience the fullness of salvation as we
all will make it to heaven. “I tell you, on that night
there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken, the
other left. And there will be two women grinding meal together;
one will be taken, the other left. There will be two men in
the field; one will be taken, the other left behind.”
(v.34-36). Some of those closest to us--spouse, parent/child/sibling,
friend/business associate/co-missionary--will be left behind.
Truly unfortunate, but we make our own choices.