Setting your watch

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Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. Revelation 1:3

I think Revelation should be required reading for all believers at least once a year. It’s a little like setting your watch. We can get so entrenched in everyday life that we lose sight of the bigger picture. The bigger picture — the forest we lose sight of for all the trees in front of us — is the fact that this world, and time itself, is passing away. There is an end in sight. Life does not go on indefinitely even if it feels like it.

Revelation is the wrap-up of the world. This is how it will end. Quite dramatically, too. God does things with a flourish. The knowledge of the end game carries a certain purification with it. You suddenly don’t want to get lost in a fantasy, trapped in a sin, or caught with your spiritual affairs not in order. Our sins and addictions are part and parcel of living in this world. They too will pass, and knowing that can help lessen their power over us.

Note that there is a blessing for those who read, and those who take this prophesy to heart. I’m not sure what that blessing is, but I’m sure what we’re thinking about right now is part of it.

I was in a grocery store last night, selecting a few things to go in my basket, when the power went out. The employees had everyone clear out of the store since no one knew how long the power was going to be down. Nothing could be bought or sold without electricity. So I just set my basket of goods down and walked out of the store in a crowd with nothing in my hand. We all stood around for a few minutes in the parking lot; it felt like a fire drill in grammar school. It also felt a little like Revelation. We lay down all the things of this world we’ve bought and sold — everything that has anything to with us here — and walk out with nothing in our hands. Nothing in our hands … everything in our hearts. That’s the way we’ll go.

 

mike

For more information about the entrepreneurship boot camp I attended last week in Colorado Springs, check out Michael McCausland’s website at www.lifestartups.com. I highly recommend it to anyone considering starting or running a business.

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7 Responses to Setting your watch

  1. Mark D Seguin says:

    “Life does not go on indefinitely even if it feels like it.” Amen , yet wished u would considered Pastor John adding: Like to add thankfully Jesus made a way to get to Heaven!

  2. Carole Oglesbee says:

    It’s so simple to see God when we look for him – even in the parking lot of a grocery store, He is there… makes us wonder how others can possibly miss Him, He is so obvious. But let’s also remember that not all of us are going to have until the Lord comes back (even if that occurs TODAY) to “get things in order.” THIS heartbeat, THIS breath is all each of us really has. A friend’s dad is in ICU with a weak heart. Daniel said to me, “I still have so much to learn from Dad. I’m not ready to let him go.” But that choice isn’t UP to Daniel or even to his dad… (Prayers for Daniel and Mr Anderson would be greatly appreciated, BTW.) Whatever business we have with God is not something to be put off – even if it’s just ’til “tomorrow.”

  3. Jesus Aguilar says:

    Much is been revealed and much more will be revealed.
    We need to stay in prayer and encourage others to do the same.
    Jesus Aguilar

  4. John A Fagliano says:

    Quotes from a couple of songs come to mind here:
    “let us not become entangled in the trappings of this world, let Him come and find us faithful to the call..”
    “All Around the World – Newsong

    “And I won’t be bringing a single thing that my heart can’t carry inside”
    “Takin’ My Time” – Ashton, Becker, Dente

  5. Sandie says:

    We walk a fine line between the ‘forest’ and the ‘trees.’ The forest is God’s endgame – Jesus returning – redemption completed – everything (including us) shedding the snakeskin of sin forever. The trees (to me at least) are where our ministry lies; the people God wants to touch through us. There used to be an old saying, “He (or she) is so heavenly-minded, they are no earthly good.” Keep my eyes on the prize, as a runner straining for the finish-line…but remembering that I am also a coach, encouraging others to put on the uniform and run with me.This “being in the world, but not of it.” is a tough thing; not for sissies for sure. I am forever tripping and falling, probably tripping others too. Again, as always, I am grateful for GRACE!

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