The recent fervor in regards to the second coming of Christ got me to thinking earlier this evening. In the years since Jesus Christ ascended, people have speculated about when He will return. Indeed, there are those who have convinced others to sell all they have and join them in anticipation of Christ's return, proclaiming that God has revealed to them the day and perhaps even the hour when Christ will return. Others will smile slyly and said, "Oh, but the Bible doesn't say we won't know the year." Still others have proclaimed Jesus has already come back and we are living in the new millennium!
You might say I "grew up" in the church. I came to Christ in 1968 when I was seven years old and I have been following Him ever since. During my teenage years, in the 1970's, there was a lot of focus on the Second Coming of Jesus. I watched movies like, "A Thief In the Night" listened to songs like "You've Been Left Behind", read and heard about a multitude of books and heard evangelists preach messages about it being one minute 'til midnight.
I want to make it very clear right now that I absolutely believe in the second coming of Christ. I also believe that we are living in "the last days". However, I believe that often in our zeal to "pinpoint" when and where Christ will return, we are are danger of neglecting to do what Jesus has commanded us to do... share the Gospel, the Good News with a lost and dying world!
I know far too well that life can change in an instant. Those here who know my story will agree. If you don't know my story, I invite you to check out my bio. It is all there. Not a single one of us knows when God will "call" our name meaning, none of us know when our life in this world will end. You think you may get a warning signal but do you know what? When I nearly left this world on a cold winter night, I was in my bed asleep... and there was no warning.
I think the question we need to be asking ourselves as Christians is not, "When is Jesus coming?" but rather "What will I be doing when God calls my name?" Will you be amongst the lost as a living testimony of what God has done in your life and what God can do for them? Will you be a living example of Christ, sharing the Good News that God loves them and longs to deliver them from the bondage of sin? Or will you be too busy speculating about when Christ will return? What do you think you should be doing when God calls your name?