I used to be a super eschatology buff. Listened to a ton of Chuck Missler back when he was still with us. Had a bloggy group around a gal who was following all the signs that “He was coming soon”. Good fun. I learned a lot of Scripture. Missler was right – if you really get seriously into your eschatology, you *have* to learn the rest of the Bible. There is no harm in debating points of Scripture with like minded folks. Wholesome, really.
But eventually I said, “Okay. You’ve convinced me. The days are short. So. What do I want to do with the time which remains?”
Let’s take the example of a castle. The castle is Christendom. Up on the top of the highest tower sits a lookout. He starts to see dust in the distance. The Master is coming home! It’s an overcast, dingy kind of day, and the lookout can’t get a fix on how far the Master is from home, or how fast He’s coming. Just – He’s coming.
Everyone in the castle serves the Master, and everyone has been given their job. So. You’ve heard the Master is on His way. What are you doing? What do you want to be FOUND doing, when He gets in the door? What do you want the area of your responsibility to look like? For me, the answer is simple. I want to be found with busy hands and the arena of work He’s given me in the best shape I can get it in.
Inexplicably, a lot of folks decide to stand at the foot of the lookout tower and yell for updates and not work. I don’t get that. I ACCEPT that He’s on His way. I HAVE things to be doing. If He takes His time, that means I get more work done. If He runs quickly, at least He won’t find me napping.
Of course I want to hear the updates as they come. But my job is not lookout. My job is not to gossip about the lookout’s news, as much as it interests me. My job is in front of me.
And there is plenty of work to be done.