I recently began a Perspectives Course. While the staff doesn’t claim it as a course on the nations (but as a course on the Bible and what should be the life of every Christian), it’s best understood as one.
Last week, Dr. Jeff Lewis gave a fantastic lecture on the kingdom of God. In his final charge, he reminded us of what life as an American was like after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Women no longer stayed home as housewives or stay-at-home moms. They took jobs in factories instead to replace the men. Teenagers no longer spent the weekends playing ball at the ballpark. Rather, they searched their communities for scraps of materials like rubber and metal. Elementary school kids gave loose change to raise money for military jeeps and aircraft. The elderly went back to work, and many men volunteered to enlist as soldiers in preference to waiting on the draft.
December 7, 1941, didn’t just change the lives of those living on the devastated island. It changed the entire life of every American. It changed everything.
The war dictated every decision. The cause dictated every individual’s life.
And so, the cause of Jesus Christ should dictate every decision of the believer.
The Cause of Jesus Christ
Since Lewis taught on the kingdom of God, he described the cause of Jesus like this: “The planting of communities of the King among all the peoples of the earth.” This is what Jesus taught during the time of his ministry on earth. This is what he last communicated before he returned to heaven.
It must be important.
The good news will be preached to the ends of the earth. Worship will come from all peoples. And then the end will come.
And if this was and is Jesus’s cause, shouldn’t it be ours as well?
America has not been bombed on its turf recently. But we who are Christians live in a war. Our war lies between the already and the not yet—the present evil age and the age to come. Our battle faces more than mere flesh and blood. It battles principalities and powers. It’s bigger than a global war. It spreads throughout the entire universe.
The second coming of Jesus will be the last of the war. He will make an end of sin and death and Satan for good.
Yet before he can come, the good news must be preached to the ends of the earth. Meanwhile, souls perish without ever hearing it. Judgment approaches. And worship isn’t happening.
What must we do then? What do we say yes to? What do we say no to? How do we become good stewards during this time of war?
The cause of Jesus Christ should affect our decisions. It should change everything.
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