I have heard the gospel of Jesus. Having heard it I have been moved by it and I can’t un-hear it. Civilisations rise and fall. Whole species of plants and animals have evolved, thrived and died out. The very surface of the earth has been constantly destroyed and renewed and has never remained the same throughout the whole of its existence. Stars have died and are being born, comets come and go and the stars themselves dance forever around our nights sky. Nothing lasts for ever. Nothing is consistent or stays the same. Except God.
Understandably, Jesus’s disciples were keen to know when the earth as we know it would come to an end and the final judgement would be upon them. Jesus told them that change happens in all parts of life and we can all see the signs. But just as with the seasons, no one can ever pin down the exact time that summer will arrive we just see the signs and prepare accordingly. We get ready for summer during the spring and then we prepare for harvest during the summer in order to be ready for the winter.
Luke 21:29-36 NLT
Then he gave them this illustration: “Notice the fig tree, or any other tree. When the leaves come out, you know without being told that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things taking place, you can know that the Kingdom of God is near. I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear. “Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”
The point is, we live our lives according to the seasons very naturally. Jesus thinks we should become accustomed to living our lives according to the word of God until it is also very natural. If we let ourselves become completely immersed in this worldly life then we will miss all the changing seasons in our spiritual lives. We should watch out for our spiritual lives and not hide from them in alcohol or other drugs. My goal is to get fit and strong spiritually so I might be ready when the season changes. I hope to stand before Jesus on his day of judgement, strong in the knowledge that he will know my name and welcome me.
Judges 1:1-2:9, Luke 21:29-22:13, Psalms 90:1- 91:16, Proverbs 13:24-25