I read an author’s account on how the end times would play out. Typically I find most of these authors to be out of touch with reality. However, in this case I took pause. I wasn’t able to find one thing that was not plausible. In fact, there were several things that were as clear as could be.
Now, before you think I’m about to share the author’s words, I’m not. Focusing on the future or speculating on when Christ will return is not important to our every day lives. Yes, I know that some of you will disagree with me on this point, as you want to know as much as possible so you don’t miss the rapture. I get that.
However, we must not lose sight of why the end times exist. It was put in place by God to draw every last loved one to himself. It is the greatest story of a father’s love than any I’ve ever read or seen played out within my lifetime. The story is packed with grace, mercy, and an unconditional love that is so profound that few can resist it. Although some try to deny its existence.
Last month, I celebrated my 40th year as a Christian. Those of you who are avid bible readers can appreciate the 40 years of preparation for the mission God has called me to. It is a mission to help others understand God’s incredible love for them and to help introduce each person to him. It is my hope that each person would learn of his unconditional love for us and embrace it.
Unfortunately, some are unwilling to embrace his love when faced with extreme poverty and financial pressures like our country has never seen before. According to recently released statistics, one out of every six people in the United States is living in poverty – And, this is the “greatest” nation on earth.
Having been unemployed for 11 months and finding myself standing in food lines to receive half the amount of food I needed, brought a perspective to me that I would never have gained otherwise. I know what it is like to be hungry and find only starches and sugars available for my consumption.
But instead of wondering if God really exists, as many question during hard times, I found myself enjoying his company. I got to see his love directly, rather than through a group of people trying to help pick up my slack. I was able to see his love as unconditional when I was in my worst predicament. He gave me hope and brought me through each day.
May I tell you that he is a God of plenty? He was sufficient for me during those terrible days. I learned, albeit the hard way, that he is my provider, not my job.
During these hard times, I’d encourage you to get to know the same God who helped me through my hard times. If you are struggling financially, call out to him and see what he will do…
Help me, LORD my God; save me according to your unfailing love.
It’s time for me to step up to another level of bringing hope to the hurting. I desire to introduce those who don’t yet know Christ to who he really is. I want to demonstrate his love, hope and faith through film, television and the Internet. It is time. After 40 years of preparation, I can’t wait to see how God unfolds his next steps for my life.
Amen CJ, I wait with anxious anticipation to how you will use your gifts & talents to influence & impact others for Christ. Be blessed!