Sunday Morning Word: The Height of Glory

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
Colossians 3:1-4 (NIV)

Has anyone else noticed the number of Revelation-themed programs and movies on TV lately? There’s The Leftovers on HBO. The History Channel broadcasted Revelation: The End of Days at the end of last year. The CW has a new series, The Messengers (which I’m still trying to figure out; it has something to do with the apocalypse, but the series premiere was kind of a bore). Even FOX’s Sleepy Hollow to an extent deals a lot with what is written in the final book of the Bible.

Why is that?

Some people think that writers and producers are seeing the cash in these Bible-themed movies and shows and are sucking that money well dry. However, I believe it’s because people are finally starting to recognize that we are living in the end days.

In the Bible, Jesus gives us signs to look for when the End of the Age is near:

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:6-14).

It doesn’t take a theologian to see that these things are happening in our world today.

Sometimes, I have daydreams of the day of the Rapture. I wonder if time will suddenly stand still, or if people will be taken up right from their cars, causing pileups on highways across the globe. I worry sometimes if I will be one of the elect, if my good deeds will outweigh my screw-ups, if I’ve completed what God has created me to do here on Earth. When I have these daydreams, I get frantic, like there’s not enough time. Will I be ready when he comes? Will I be doing the “right” thing when he comes?

No one knows that day or hour that Jesus will return. He will come when we least expect it, so we must always keep watch. Remember the parable of the faithful servant (Matthew 24: 45-51). He was put in charge of the master’s household while the master was away, and was expected to still be doing what he was appointed to do when the master returned. What will we be doing when our master comes back?

Hopefully we’ll all be doing what we were assigned to do, so that our dreams of heaven will come into fruition.

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