Thursday, April 03, 2008

How to Play Well

Last time I talked about the worldview presented in a cartoon my daughters were watching. I decided to touch on these issues again in our Bible study the next day. I did so from a different perspective.

We looked at Matthew 24:32-51. I shared that the issue here was that Jesus wanted us to understand that he was coming back unexpectedly. And when he comes back it doesn't matter what anyone else does. It only matters what we have the responsibility in doing. In order to be ready for his return, we must be found doing what he expects when he returns. In fact, this is what he teaches over and over till verse 46 of chapter 25.

He isn't talking about establishing a homeless ministry, or a campaign to end worldwide hunger. He isn't referring to financial management or goal-setting. He is warning us to be ready for his return by living a life of faith. Not faith in the potential of humanity. But faith in Jesus as the Messiah and as the God who is clothed in human flesh.

If this is what Jesus expects of us, how should we then live? (2 Peter 3:11-13)


  1. I love that passage in 2 Peter 3! Such a challenging question: What kind of people ought you to be, since you know this day is coming? Kind of hurts to read that and look in the mirror.

  2. Oh, yeah. I relate.