Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one 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 24:12-14
We work and we pray against the spiraling down of our nation, culture and world, and we mourn the increase of wickedness and the lack of love between people – yet Jesus said it would be this way.
Jesus said that the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Doesn’t this mean that the potential to fall down is real? We should not assume that we will stand firm against the avalanche of this world and its ways. We could just as easily be swept away.
So we work and we pray. We are mindful of our propensity for sin and we keep focused on Christ. He is our salvation. He is our righteousness.
Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him. (2 Samuel 14:14)
We work and we pray for the benefit of others. The culture may be slip-sliding away from the truth of Christ, but individuals can be saved from life without God. Families can be reclaimed and given hope in the midst of godlessness. Jesus said that this good news of the Kingdom will be preached to all nations, then the end will come. So we work and pray… and we wait for His return, regardless of how the culture sways. And regardless of how difficult it may seem, we trust God who makes a way where there seems to be no way.
Thank You, Lord, that nothing surprises You. You know full well the wickedness of people and the path we are on, yet You love and provide a way of salvation. Although we deserve to be banished from Your Presence, You have provided the way for us to be drawn to Your side. Thank You for the gospel of Your Kingdom! I live for You today.