End Times: A Focus on Faith and Action

As we navigate our way through 2024, we see a complex landscape unfolding. From the rise of artificial intelligence to the ever-evolving Internet, from global uncertainties to the increasing prevalence of deception, the world presents a multitude of challenges. Amidst this backdrop, I ponder the question: What truly matters when we seek to understand the signs of the times?

While curiosity and anticipation are natural, it’s crucial to remember the true purpose in our contemplation of the signs of Christ’s return.

May I propose four points for meditation on our faith journey.

  1. Cultivating Hope, Not Fear:

The return of Christ, which will be preceded by trials and tribulations, ultimately signifies a glorious culmination, a reunion with our Savior. Instead of succumbing to anxiety, let us cultivate a spirit of hope, one that fuels our purpose and guides us towards living faithfully in the present.

“We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.” – Titus 2:12-13 

What kind of day does it say it will be? A wonderful day!

Question for reflection: Are you ready for that day?

  1. Deepening Commitment to Godly Living:

The signs of the times serve not only as markers, but also as catalysts for a deeper commitment to Christ. This involves aligning our actions with our Christian values, serving others with compassion, and demonstrating the love of Christ in our daily interactions.

“Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

Anyone been blameless?

While achieving complete blamelessness might seem impossible, it’s important to remember that by surrendering our lives to Him and allowing the Holy Spirit to work within us, we are empowered to say ‘no’ to wilful sin. Living a life that reflects Christ’s teachings is a key aspect of “being ready” as Jesus talks about. We want to be ready by being “caught” living for Christ and not merely for ourselves in sins!

So, I can’t urge you enough to surrender your life to Christ so that the Holy Spirit can fill you and empower you to live a holy and blameless life until the Lord’s return.

  1. Perseverance in the Face of Challenges:

The Bible forewarns of difficulties in the days to come. Matthew 24 gives us a vivid picture of the rough journey we will go through.  There will be wars and rumours of war. There will be natural disasters. There will be deception in the name of Jesus, and there will be rejection of Christ and His people. This rejection will take the form of persecution and even death.

Anybody here looking forward to that? I can’t say I am.

If you’re an honest believer and follower of Jesus, particularly in the end times, you won’t have to find persecution. It’ll find you.

Nevertheless, knowing what has been revealed to us will help us prepare ourselves so we can stand up against it when it comes. By anchoring ourselves in Christ, we can face adversity with courage and unwavering faith, knowing that He will be our strength and refuge.

  1. Intensifying Our Mission and Evangelism:

As the world around us navigates these complex times, the urgency of sharing the Gospel becomes even more pronounced. The knowledge that eternal souls hang in the balance compels us to intensify our efforts in mission and evangelism.

When we’re gripped by the fact that the souls of men and women are at stake, we will not treat the pursuit of understanding the signs of the times as a passive endeavour. Let us transform our curiosity into action.  As we actively share the gospel message across the country and around the world, driven by empathy and love, we contribute to the very fulfilment of the prophecy: “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 24:14)

Do we understand that Jesus wants everyone to hear about Him and believe in Him? God is patient, not wanting anyone to perish, but wanting everyone to come to repentance and faith in Christ.

Conclusion

As we witness the unfolding events, have our lives changed?  The forthcoming return of Christ calls us to action. Let the signs serve as a reminder to actively live out our faith and share the message of hope with those around us.

Rev Anthony Loh

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