From the moment Jesus gave His disciples the call to make disciples of all nations, the Church has had to balance two ways of life—the urgency of Christ’s second coming and living with a generational mindset, which I talked about in my last article.
One of the marks of a focused Christian life is awareness of the urgency of the times. People are perishing, and the god of this world has blinded the hearts of those who don’t believe as 2 Corinthians 4:4 proclaims: “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
When you’re acutely aware of this, as well as knowing that the return of Christ can be at any moment, you live a more sober life. If not, you begin to focus on your plans and the interests of this world begin to take precedence over the will of the Father.
The flipside of this is that an overemphasis on Christ’s return has happened at different periods of Church history, which only served to produce legalistic Christians with no plans for longevity and a godly legacy. Some of us may even go to churches where the idea of generational wealth and making a cultural impact has no importance at all.
Paul spoke to both ways of life in his letters to the Church where he would encourage people to look forward to Christ’s return, as well as pass down the teachings and way of Christ to those coming after him. Check out the two verses below to see what I mean. The first verse is the urgent one, the second is the long-term one:
And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
II Timothy 2:1-2
God has clearly communicated to us that He is going to return soon, and has also given us tools from His kingdom to establish great things for the future generations.
May we purify ourselves by remembering the promise of His return, as well as establish ourselves as we remember His promise to bless us, keep us, and establish us far beyond what we would’ve thought or imagined.