Waiting for life to end so you can begin to live? The promise of abundant life is for now! The past is always behind us; the future is always waiting in the wings. Live your life in the present moment.
2 Peter 3:10, 13 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed. … 13 But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]
Instead of waiting for a cataclysmic end of the world to bring about the establishment of God’s Kingdom, there are better options. Learn from the past — the cataclysmic end didn’t come for Jesus, or Paul, or the author of Revelation, or any of the apocalyptic ‘theologians’ throughout the ages. It didn’t come with the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 or in conjunction with the predictions of other-worldly pastors who duped their congregants to sell all their possession and go to a hill-top to await the final consummation. Those who have predicted the Rapture are still waiting, earth-bound, Contrary to published books and bumper stickers and lots of people who ‘believe,’ it continues not to happen.
Because of this remarkable diversion of focus and energy, generation after generation of religious people have missed the opportunity to participate in what is happening right now in the name of God. The God-process, that inner messianism, is about all which engages the divine and sanctifies life — this life, here and now, in the meantime.
In the name of God, listen to what Yeshua taught and pay attention to how he lived. His life was meant to open up to us all a new approach to nearness with God and the abundance of life! Those who await salvation in an after-Alife are missing real life, right now. Oh, yes, the Christian church has taught about a future reign of peace and justice. That vision, however, is a metaphoric expression of our deepest desires for meaningful life. Israel’s prophets and Yeshua have taught that meaningful life comes to those who engage compassionate peace and justice in the here and now, leading to salvation (that is, to well-being for all in society). It is up to us, and we have a long way to go. The prophet Hosea suggested a way to begin and continue: engage others justly, act with mercy, and display an integrity grounded in humility.