A Future We Can Be Certain Of – Part 3
“Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.” (Matthew 24:40 NIV)
When Christ returns, there will be a separation of people into two groups —those who will be taken to be with the Lord forever, and those who will be left behind. The Bible says that “two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.” So the world will be divided—not by race or ethnicity; not by economic or educational status; not by political or religious affiliation. It will be the final division: those who belong to Jesus and have put their trust in him, and those who have not. It will probably be just a remnant that is saved, because there has always been a remnant of those who have put their trust in God. That’s why it’s not easy to be a Christian. You can’t go by the dictates of this world. You have to go against the flow. No matter what the latest trends are in the culture or the philosophy of this age, you have to say, “No, I’m going by the Word of God!”
Sadly, there will also be a division in your family and mine, and the people down the block. That’s why Christianity is a serious thing. We have to share the love of Christ while we still have the time. After all, what else is there to do that is of eternal value? All that we have—our matching outfits, the many pairs of shoes, gold, silver, money, bank accounts, degrees—all that is staying when we depart from this earth. Naked we came into this world and naked we will depart (Job 1:21).
God says through the apostle Peter that in the last days there will be scoffers mocking religion and Christianity in particular (2 Peter 3:3-4) and this idea that Jesus is coming again. When you see that mocking, Jesus hints though the Word, his coming is at the door. The answer to the mockers, Peter says, is that God is not slow concerning his promise. He said that Christ would return, and he will. What is delaying him is not God’s lack of power to bring him back. It’s God’s patience. He’s trying to get more people to come into the ark—i.e. to put their faith in Jesus. He wants the gospel to go into Bolivia, mainland China, Africa, Iceland, Greenland, California and all throughout the world, so that people will believe; because if they believe, they will be saved.
That’s the great thing to live for now: to fight for somebody. What else should we fight for? Money? What’s the point? We’re going to leave it anyway. Thank God for what he blesses us with, but is that what we should be living for, when only those in the ark of salvation are going to make it? Our own family members, our friends, the people we can reach now… None of us knows when they will have another opportunity to hear the gospel. None of us is sure we’re even going to get up tomorrow morning. We don’t know about tomorrow, but we have today. Today is the day of salvation, Scripture says. Let’s tell others the good news of Jesus Christ so that they too may have a future they can be certain of.