What Next?!?

So many different things are happening in our Country right now. There is so much uncertainty it seems except that it is certain that our Nation as a whole is facing dire times. The economy has not recovered as quickly as many would like. Finances are tight for everyone as the cost of living has increased tremendously. Health care is still a huge issue as people are starting to realize that health care costs under Obamacare are increasing, not decreasing. Abortion-rights advocates in Texas are fighting with Gov. Perry over HB-2 which will decrease the number of abortions in our State. The liberal left is making grounds against marriage with the unconstitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. Homosexuals are excited about the idea of being able to marry and have the same rights that heterosexuals have. Essentially, it seems that our world is collapsing in every way, shape and form.

But how should we respond to all of this? What should we as Christians do to help those in the hearing of our voices and in the presence of our helping hands? How should we then live?

First, I believe that we need to realize that we are not of this world even though we live in this world. Peter the apostle teaches us that we are merely passing through, sojourning, travelers in a strange and foreign land (1 Peter 1:17-21). We need to live like citizens of Heaven and not as citizens of this world. Our passports may say USA on them, but our homeland is where Jesus Christ is. We may have a President and governing authorities here on earth, but our King is King Jesus.

Second, I believe that we need to realize that the end of the world is not happening right now. King Jesus taught us that we neither know the day or the hour but that we are to be prepared for His return (Matthew 24-25). We can concern ourselves with what is going on around us or we can prepare ourselves for the victory that He will bring when He returns to gather us, to catch us away to be with Him for eternity. Folks, let’s realize that we are here today but our lives are but a vapor (James 4:14).

Next, I believe that we need to be about the business of telling others about King Jesus. We are a part of His Kingdom and they can be a part of His Kingdom as well. King Jesus is our Commander-in-Chief and He has given us the responsibility of making disciples and baptizing people (Matthew 28:18-20). This means that we are to train others to do the work of the ministry and that ministry is sharing the Gospel, seeing others come to know Him as Lord and Savior and to baptize them as a symbol of their belief in Him as King. Interestingly, King Jesus never gives us an age limit of when we are able to stop telling others about Him. His expectation is that all of us will tell as many people about our King as often as we are able no matter how old or how young we are.

Finally, I believe that even though it seems that everything is going to pot, we can be encouraged knowing that King Jesus said that everything would (Mark 13). We are going to be hated because of His name. We are going to face trials, tribulations and persecutions because of King Jesus. It is something that should be as no surprise to you and me. Rather, we ought to be encouraged by His words because it simply means that He told us the truth!

So, Church, be encouraged today. Live for King Jesus. Serve King Jesus. Have joy in King Jesus. Find peace in King Jesus, for He Himself is our peace (Ephesians 2:14). Love each other in the name of King Jesus. Serve one another in the name of King Jesus. Share the Gospel of King Jesus. Tell as many people about King Jesus. Encourage others to be a part of King Jesus’ Kingdom.

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