We have heard a lot about the end times. There are even movies about it. Now that you have heard about the end and know what will soon take place, do you know what we should do as Christians?
I believe, there is a lot we can do during this period of time as Christians. Too many, in fact, that it might confuse us and cause us to drift away from our priorities. So, here’s a compilation of 5 pointers that I believe we can all learn from so as to ensure that we are all on the right track; fully utilizing the time God has prepared for us during difficult times.
Know your standing before God
Knowing where we stand before God is of utmost importance before talking about what we should do during the end times. The key focus of all Christians should be certain of his or her salvation when the race of life comes to an end. We must all be certain that we are safe in the arms of God and not be counted among the goats (ref: Matthew 25:31-46).
That said, not all who profess that they are Christians may enter the kingdom of God (ref: Matthew 7:21-23). Hence, I believe that the affirmation of faith is of such importance that it surpasses all other things.
Ultimately, we need to see God in the right light. We should not fear those who can kill the body but not the soul. Rather, we are to fear He who can destroy both body and soul in hell (ref: Matthew 10:28).
Knowing our standing before God changes our perspective in life and align our earthly focuses on God. Affirming this standing will shape the path we will take.
Be aware of the situation around the world
“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues.”
— Matthew 10:16-17, NIV.
Know the world. Know the political environment around you. Expect what is to come. Avoid when you can without denying the truth of God. Be tactical in your approach.
However, keep the heart of Christ and love all that is around you (ref: Matthew 5:44). Keep a look out of future developments that might affect the church and its ministries. Tactfully informing leaders of the changes and propose changes that are appropriate so that the work of God can continue smoothly.
Pray for minimum damage
Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
— Genesis 18:23-26, NIV.
When God told us that the antichrist is coming in the end days (ref: 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4), we cannot pray against God’s will. Hence, the most appropriate prayer will be to pray to God to spare His saints on earth — if there are fifty righteous people, spare this place.
However, this does not mean that our prayer is pointless if God firmly ordains destruction. We have still got to pray for the safety of fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who may be facing all sorts of persecution and for the salvation of the city (or nation) at large.
Though we know the end of the story, we are still watching the drama unfold due to the limitation of time. We have only got the option of clinging onto the hope and the communion with God that grant us peace that surpasses all understanding (ref: Philippians 4:7).
Find out how you can contribute
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
— Romans 12:6-8, NIV.
Everyone has been given different gifts in life. Knowing our gifts and the needs of the church may help us better utilize our strengths to build up the body of Christ (ref: Romans 15:2).
I have written about how we can use our gifts to point people to The Truth and to build up the body of Christ in my previous post. Here’s a quote from that passage!
“It is of utmost importance that we tap into the talents that God so graciously gave us to point people to God. Even though only prophesying, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leading, and charity is mentioned, there is still a whole lot of work we can do too. The same verse can be used like this: If you’re gifted in medicine, heal. If you are gifted in design, design. If you’re gifted in business, then manage an enterprise. If you’re gifted in management, then manage all God’s resources and ensure that all is put to good use. If you’re gifted in human resource, then ensure that people are sorted into the jobs and roles that best matches their gifts!
The work here is limitless, and it can be up to the Church to evaluate needs, plan, coordinate, and engage the entire congregation to participate in this massive plan! Our goal is the same – to point people to The Truth. And the endless possibilities opened for us meant that we are free to dream dreams for God. Have visions, dream big, and work together as a Church to watch Jesus’ vision unfold.”
Read more here: Finding Our Purpose in Life — A Four Step Process
Work till the day is here
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
— Philippians 3:14, NIV.
Now that you have found your calling and are certain that what you are doing is for the common good of God’s big Church, continue what you are doing. Press on and continue doing the good work that God has set before you. Do not stop or cause disruption in the work of God. Rather, strive on for God’s ultimate reward of being called the “good and faithful servant” so as to be able to share in the Master’s Happiness (ref: Matthew 25:23).