It is so easy to get worked up over what is going on in the world today, with the fact that things seem to get worse daily. I think we need be concerned, and as Christians, try our best to make things better, if only for a little while, if only for a person or two in our immediate circle or who crosses our path. It is easy to get upset, and if that prompts you to take those actions that makes things just a bit better, I would say that is a good thing. But then, you need to let those feelings go. Maybe it is just until the next day when the cycle repeats, upset, anger, action. But then you must release the feelings. You cannot keep storing this anger and upset inside you like you are some sort of negative energy battery. It will depress you, it will overwhelm you, it will make your head explode someday (which may make you a really good plot for a really bad sci-fi movie). Let it drain out of you. If you are doing in your small corner of the world what you can to stem the tide, to bring a little joy to the fore, you should not feel guilty about letting it go. And if you are sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with those you come into contact with as you do your thing on a daily basis, you definitely have nothing to be sorry about, or for. I looked to Matthew 13, at a few of the parables to get comfort in when I do what I can, I am obedient to the Lord’s will. At that point I need let it go and let God take over. Let’s start with Matthew 13:24-30:
Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
You do not have to wait long for an explanation, it is in Matthew 13:36-42:
Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.” He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
In the last judgment, God will sort it out. Let it go and He will do as He promised to.
You see it again in Matthew 13:47-50:
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
Once again, God will sort it out, and in the end things set right.
So our part is to live in obedience to His will, share the good news of Jesus Christ with a world that desperately needs to hear it. We can try to clean up our little corner of the world, but we must remember the world is a dirty place and our little corner will get messed up again and again. Do not lose heart, keep focused on Jesus and remember the blessings and glory to come.
Fight the good fight until He decides to call you home to Him. Or maybe, just maybe, today is the day he comes for His Church, His Bride.
It could be because…
Jesus is coming soon!