“But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.” (Mark 16:7)
I have been copying Scripture as an exercise in reading diligently those passages that have become familiar to me. Included in those passages are the first four books of the New Testament. When I came upon Mark 16, I took note of verse 7 and paused. First I noticed that Peter was specifically mentioned by name and then the little phrase, “there ye shall see him” popped out at me as I copied it down.
My life has taken on such a busy-ness this past year as we have traveled for furlough. My husband and I often talk about how we live in a constant state of confusion about where we are. We have to purposefully think about what state we are in at the moment. It may sound silly to you, but it is a very real struggle. Our brains tire from answering questions about the work in Brazil and at times our flesh wants to take over and we envision ourselves screaming at the next person that asks us how we are enjoying our “vacation” from the field. We wonder if Christians here at home even have a burden for souls anymore as they sit in pews with glazed looks on their eyes and check their watches to see if we are going over our allotted speaking time. The altars usually remain empty, even after Mark preaches about the reality of hell.
City to city, state to state, and Church to Church. We go, set up, present, fellowship, break down the table, head back to our tent, and wonder if anyone even listened. All the while continuing to minister to our people in Brazil, parent our 4 adult children, try and find time for each other and our marriage and reach out to whatever community we are in at the moment.
But in the midst of all this coming and going, God reminded me of something. One of these days I am going to see Jesus. Just like the angel pointed to where He would be after the ressurrection to give the ladies and the disciples and Peter some hope, I too am able to look forward to the day when my eyes shall behold Him.
“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” (Revelation 1:7)
That is why we went to Brazil in the first place! It’s because He is coming again one day. That’s my reset button. So what if people in the pews are cold and hardened towards the need, I DON’T HAVE TO BE! I can keep remembering that hell is real, Jesus is coming and one of these days we are all going to see Him.
Maybe you need reminding about this today as well. It isn’t a fairytale that someone wrote down to create a new religion. The Word of God is indisputable in It’s accuracy and had Jesus not resurrected those disciples wouldn’t have gone on to turn the world upside down. (Acts 17:6).
Love with all you have today and with grace try and influence the life of someone around you. Jesus is coming and we are all going to see Him. Let’s try and reach the world for Him. Let’s continue in our separate callings together for the same Cause and never ever forget that what we are doing has eternal consequences.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,