Advent Study: Just a Shadow?

Are the convergence of events in our day just a shadow of things to come or are we truly on a path to Christ’s soon return?

Is this even the right question?

What is the Christian to do in light of the times we are living?

There are two kingdoms, the earthly and the eternal. First Corinthians 13:12 and 14:1 tells that we should “pursue love” and “cultivate spiritual gifts especially the ability to prophesy (or speak a message from God to the people i.e. the gospel).”

In the searching for active ways to make sense of and determine action steps as we walk through these collective trials, these are words to which I’ve returned.

What will be our legacy?

An earthly legacy of the things of this world? Money? Stuff? Artistic contributions to society? There are a lot of bygone era celebrities who’s estates can prove that fame fades over time and things rust and tarnish.

Yet a legacy of faith is something that will be a gift to those who come behind you, something that future generations can look back on and say “When the going got tough, she dug her feet in the ground and held onto her faith in Jesus. Jesus got her through and He’s going to get me through.”

In the end “these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)

Think about people in your own life who have died with and without Christ. Do you see a difference in their legacy?

Through these unusual times, my why has driven out fear and given me purpose. If Jesus tarries, how will my children and grandchildren look to our example to face whatever trials come their way? Will they see that we crumbled under the pressure or that we stood firm with gentleness on the truth of God?

Look up,
Emily