When the Lord comes, will He tell you what you want to hear? Or will He repeat what you already know?
If He comes to tell you what you want to hear, if He comes to repeat what you already know, why does He need to come back at all? You already know what you want to hear. You can just tell it to yourself. You know what you already know.
Did you forget what you know? Why should He go to all the trouble to come back and remind you? How many translations of the world’s best selling book do you need?
I accepted Jesus in the summer of 1974 after reading Grandpa’s Good News for Modern Man New Testament. One thing that was crystal clear to me was that Jesus won’t come back preaching the same things from 2,000 years ago.
Our problem isn’t that we don’t know the scriptures. Our problem is that we know them too well. Our minds have become calcified and petrified with our own human interpretations. Many of us today are acting like 21st century scribes and Pharisees. We are the blind leading the blind.
Take a good look at our world.
Take good look at our world.
Has the Good News been good enough? What do you think? Or do you think we need a few new Words?
Have we put our talents to good use? What do you think the Lord will say to us when He returns?
“Well done, good and faithful servant?” (Matt 25:21 ESV) Are we really ready to enter into the Joy of our Master?
When the Lord returns, He will surely come with new wine. Do we have new wine skins ready? Or are we still carrying around first century wine skins?
Do we really know what God is thinking? Whose side is God really on? Are you sure you know the answer to that?
“My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. (Isaiah 55:8 ESV)
The truth is that none of us is righteous (Romans 3:10), but we seem to have forgotten that. We sling our opinions around freely, condemning those who disagree with us. We forget that even God may not agree with us.
A little self doubt may be healthy. How about a pinch of salt with that?
A final word for me and for you:
“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Matt 7:1-5 ESV)