Seems we are always waiting on something. Waiting for an appointment, waitingThough some don't want to wait, they want that event to happen now. on our spouse to get ready, waiting in traffic, etc.... All too often, we don't relish in the waiting, and why should we?
A few days ago, I posted on twitter about the "escape plan" that some Christians are banking on. If you are in the church circle or a believer, you know what that escape plan is. If you were thinking, the rapture, you guessed right. An event where millions of Christians are swept up in a flash into Heaven. Though some don't want to wait for this event, they want that event to happen now.
What perplexes me about some Christians planning for this escape and abandoning all responsibility is that it is the exact opposite of what Jesus said.We are to live life and live it abundantly. Some will say "but how can we, with all the mess going on around us"? Well the answer is quite simple. Though we will get to that in a moment. First let me delve into what Jesus said concerning this event.
Jesus said concerning "that day nor hour knows no man, as it will come like a thief in the night". If someone is trying to plan for the rapture, they can be prepared spiritually, but anything else like banking on a "beam me up scotty" moment before the mortgage is due or your debts are coming due isn't the smartest idea (please do not make the rapture your retirement plan). Anticipating the rapture is not a bad thing, but when it becomes your only fixation and priority, that is when it becomes a problem. This event will be glorious for sure and will surprise a lot of people.
So the answer to the question which is answering the question of why relish in the waiting? In the words of Jesus "occupy til I come". Simply put, we should enjoy live, giving glory to God, honoring him with our lives. This means we can still hang with friends, go to work, enjoy the simple and some luxury things of life ( the good kind that is) and not have to spend a night hunkered down in our basement hoping that Jesus will come to swoop us up that evening. We wait with anticipation, but there is still much work to be done.