Living in this age, we are inundated with daily emails, proposals and texts that update us on what’s happening both in the world and in our lives. I’m unsure if this is the daily ritual of my friends, but I wake up and fall asleep to notifications from news sources, social media and multiple E-mail accounts. And many times, this news isn’t good: Stagnant attempts by global leaders to promote peace, yet another terrorist attack, or perhaps a more personal blow, such as a rejected job offer or promotion.
I have felt the simultaneously hollow and stinging blow of rejection (and to make it worse, as the first thing in the morning), and know how this clouds my thoughts, speech and conduct. Although we are blessed with many opportunities that many others cannot afford, this niggling sense of dissatisfaction pervades even the most self-contained life.
As I ponder about how Christians should toil for the Kingdom, I find myself being captivated by the wholesomeness of the Gospel of Christ. Rather than providing us with a materialistic answer to our problems (such as health and wealth), Jesus Christ brings spiritual renewal through His work on the Cross, uniting us back to our Father and Creator. (Galatians 3:26-28) This renewal transcends the transient days within which we toil here on Earth. In Christ, we have complete forgiveness of our sins from the One who will soon judge the Earth; (Acts 17:30-31) We have the assurance that one day, through the work of the Spirit, we too may be able submit to the Holy God in the same way Christ did; (Philippians 1:6; John 14:26) We have the fellowship of God’s people; (1 Peter 2:17) We have the Word, which God has breathed into to instruct us on salvation and righteous living. (2 Timothy 3:14-17)
Fellow Christians, bad news will accompany us as long as we live in this world, which is bound to decay until the return of our King Jesus. (Romans 8:20-22) However, let us be reminded again of the Good News of Christ, secured for us through the work of Christ on the cross. Crack open the Bible first thing in the morning or on your commute to work; meet in prayer with your Christian brothers and sisters. This discipline is worth it, as it instils within us the truth of God’s word in a world that tells us otherwise. When tempted to be bogged down by the stresses of this finite world, let us remember the eternal riches that are secured for us in Heaven through Christ. May this encourage us to live our lives with thanksgiving and joy over the eternal destination of those who are found in Christ – an eternity of worship of King Jesus, who is worthy, and who will reign now and forever more!
‘I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, fair about all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way’. – Ephesians 1:18-23