It’s a fast-paced, hard-to-keep-up-with barrage of information we can receive from all the news and social media outlets. For some people the words “Breaking News” is a drug to their eyes that they can’t get enough of. “What’s happening now? Is it WW3? Is this actually predicted to happen right before Jesus returns? What do we do now?”
What I like to do is peruse through the news, social media, and any platform I can to get a well-rounded idea of what is really happening in the world and what people are asking and thinking. Before you think I’m saying this, I am not hinting at the church learning more about popular trends so that we can adopt them to become more like the culture. I mean that it is essential to know what is happening, so that we can effectively help people. The gospel never changes. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The way of salvation is always and will always be through Him and by faith. The mission for the church will always be the same: love God and love others. This means we will always be about worshiping God, obeying His commands, and doing everything we can to bring others to Him.
Ok, so now to what is currently taking place. The Russian invasion of Ukraine is on everyone’s mind. Words to describe the pulse of the nation and world include: fear, uncertainty, anger, and confusion, to name a few. And let’s be honest, since 2020 (it’s always been around, but more so the last two years) the discussion of end times and the return of Jesus is white hot. “Is this the end? Is Jesus coming soon?”
My advice to the church and all christians is, use this time and the specific questions that people are asking to share the gospel. Let me say that again, but with more emphasis. Share the gospel! Right before Jesus made His departure from this Earth He said, “Go and make disciples (Matt. 28:19). He told His disciples, using crops as an illustration, that the time to reach people is now (John 4:35).
People are scared, confused, and wondering what is going to happen next. They are seeking answers. I find that many are open to Christianity and the possibility of hearing what the Bible and Jesus have to say to them, if anything. They’re seeking and are open. The next step needs to be the church. Are we moving towards the questions, the seekers, the darkness, the unknown, those who are different…the frontlines? I know Mordecai was speaking directly to Esther in her position and for her to not forget her people or why God put her in her position, but I can’t help but think those words can be applied to every believer. “Who knows but that you have come to your…position for such a time as this.” I’m not trying to force specific passages to fit our modern contexts. But the idea behind his words is true for us. God is in control and He has placed each of us where we are and in this particular time period for a reason.
Matthew 10:32-33 says, “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” My plea to all Christians is, let’s take this verse seriously and tell the whole world. They are asking. Are we ready? My prayer to God as often as I can is that I will use every opportunity, every conversation, every chance or platform that God allows to be in front of me to bring Him glory and preach the gospel of Jesus. Often we say at the end of games, “I left it all on the field. I gave everything.” That’s how I want to feel. I want every fiber of my being to be about Jesus and Him crucified. I’m not perfect and don’t have it all down. But let’s pray that we collectively do this as God’s people. Let’s lay it all out there. Let’s not turn back and have no regrets. The opportunities are there. Let’s run to them.