– What kind of work does God expect from His disciples today?
– What does God expect from you today? Especially from the church that exists in the end times?
The answer is: To speak about Him, namely – evangelize. Jesus himself sent His disciples to go and evangelize. At first He prepared them for 3.5 years, He walked with them, healing and curing, and then He said, “As you go into the entire world, proclaim the gospel to everyone” (Mark 16:15). He called us to do the same today, to bring news to the world that God has a plan for us and has a better future for us. How can you check whether you are following His recommendations? The answer is: “by their fruit” (Matthew 7:16).
In the Book of Revelation (14:12), you can read, “Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to their faithfulness in Jesus.” Are you a real child of God? How does the implementation of the rules and commandments in your life look like? Do you know about them, have you implemented them? Do you follow all of them? For if you are, then you are truly a child of God, because it is the fruit of your faith, the fruit of your labour, and the fruit of the work of the Holy Spirit over you. You can treat it as a kind of indicator. If you are close to God, but you have some gods next door, if you do not observe the seventh day, if you are jealous, you covet, you steal, or break other commandments, then you are speaks of such persons: “The person who says, “I know Him,” but does not continually keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth has no place in that person” (1 John 2:4). In this situation, the process of conversion must still take place. How long will it last, it depends on you. It is written in the Gospel of John (14:15): “If you love me, keep my commandments.” Jesus especially draws attention to the commandments, and you should ask yourself: do you love Jesus? How do you follow the commandments? Do you keep them all? Maybe not all? I know that it can be uncomfortable in these times. Another reason is that you may not know them. Have you become acquainted with the full, true commandments of the Holy Scriptures? Have you read in chapter 20 of Exodus what the commandments that God gave us on Mount Sinai are?
Now imagine that today your life ends. You know what would happen then? Suppose you are dying. You fall asleep as Lazarus slept. And then what? You rise again. And a few seconds later you are standing on the ground, you have a new body, changed. It is written that Jesus will come and change our bodies: “At one moment, in the blink of an eye, at the sound of the last trumpet – for the trumpet will sound – the dead will be made intact, and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52). What are you going to think about first? Do you know whether you are saved or not yet? It is hard to say, because the question arises whether you will rise again to have the angels take you to the clouds to meet the Lord. “Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever” (1 Thessalonians 4:17), or to stand before the judgment seat, and for the infernal fire to engulf you (Malachi 3:19, Matthew 3:12).
Let’s assume such a scenario. You come to the doctor for a check-up and suddenly the doctor says: “The research shows that you are terminally ill, unfortunately it is too late for treatment, you have just a few days left.” What would you feel? How much more would you do for Jesus, how you would change your life, how many people you would talk to, how many evangelical actions which you did not do until then would you perform, how many people you would tell that Jesus will come, to how many people would you show the teachings of the Bible, how many resolutions would you keep, that you did not keep. How many decisions did not result in what you expected? Are you converted today? Are you a child of God today?
Once, my doctor sent me for liver cancer examination. In the first place, I asked myself: am I converted? And I began to wonder why so late in life I made some key decisions. Why did I say one thing over the years and I did the other, why did I not want to trust the Lord so quickly, why was I smarter, why was I doing my own thing? How much time have I wasted? I undertook actions that did not lead to anything, the usual life efforts about which Solomon wrote: “Utterly pointless” (Ecclesiastes 1:14). Now the question to you is: what is most important to you? The world? A selfish desire to meet one’s needs? Think. Already through the prism of what you read, consider what should be most important for every child of God? How much do you know the words of Scripture? How much time did you spend to study it well, to understand it? And if you understood, did you give your life to God? Can you say: I’m converted? What is preventing you today from fully coming to Jesus? Is God supposed to send you some experiences to abandon your old life or your sin to which you are so attached? Everyone has a sin to which he systematically returns, with which he is struggling and to which he succumbs. Sometimes it is a sexual activity, maybe it is a habit, and if not, it may be lack of respect to the other person, maybe talking behind the back of others, the lack of love, or anger, envy, pride, or maybe the lack of work for Jesus, lack of good actions. Not doing good things is enough. Abandon this sin!
The apostle Peter was like us, one of us that heard the call. Jesus chose him personally, just as He is choosing you now. Peter walked with Jesus for 3.5 years, saw all the miracles that the Lord made, and Peter himself did wonders also. He walked on the water, at least tried. He saw the miracles of Jesus and you also see miracles that God sends to you. Sometimes these are the little blissful pleasures that we encounter in life, and sometimes they are great miracles, such as the healing of an incurable illness, or the birth of a child in a family that was never to be born. Was Peter converted when Jesus went to heaven? He was not converted. Jesus said, “I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail. When you have come back, you must strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:32). How painful did it have to be for him? 3.5 years of very close contact with Jesus and he heard such words from Jesus’ mouth. Some of us are shorter with the Lord, some longer, but can we say we are fully converted? What do we think – that we are better than Peter? We know how many mistakes Peter made later. When you put down this book and return to your daily life, will you be able to do everything for Jesus? Have you made this decision today? If not, it means that you still answer like the disciple who said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to those at home” (Luke 9:61). Do you remember Peter’s energy when he said, “Lord, I am ready to go even to prison and to die with you!” (Luke 22:33). What is your declaration today? Here the faith we have is tested, it is verified how much we can do for God. Unfortunately it was a fugacious declaration by Peter, Jesus said to him, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow today until you deny three times that you know me” (Luke 22:34). Just as Jesus knew Peter, today He knows you as well as me. Jesus could say exactly the same about us today.
Do you know what you can do today and what you are still struggling with? Is it not the time to change it now? Someday this time has to come. When I look at my several years’ worth of struggling with my illness, I analyse where I am today and where I could have been. Imagine if you were just waiting for the diagnosis and then you learned the sentence: you maybe have a month, maybe a year. What would you do if you knew that you had 12 months of life left? Back then I wanted to die fast, I wanted to be in Heaven with the Father immediately. Until one time a friend told me: “Are you happy? See, if you lived longer, you could still do so much for Jesus and tell so many people about the Gospel. Someone thanks to your work could come to Jesus, wouldn’t that be great? And your family, friends? Who will take care of them spiritually? Who will give them light when you will be gone? Would not you like them to be with you in heaven? For you to travel together, to see the universe together? Too bad for the friends.” It made me very sad, it made me realize that I could do so much in my life and accomplish so much, but there is always something more important, something that pulls us towards the world, something that we do every day, and God matters that we would put it aside. So answer the question: what would you do if you found out that you have 6 months of life left? What would you feel? Would you be afraid you still lack a lot to convert? Or maybe you would make some specific decisions about specific actions? Would you do more than up to now or maybe work harder? You have half of a year of life left, what would you do? Would you continue your path? Does God have to send an angel to tell you how much he loves you? Do you think you will hear the voice of God, and the walls will shake and then you will realize that life is worth nothing? That it is all “pointless” as Salomon wrote.
The most important thing is to be close to the Lord, because life passes quickly and ends quickly. So what would you do? Would you reconcile with somebody? Or would you stop committing your favourite sin? Would you make a decision to abandon what you love for Jesus, just like that disciple who did not have the strength to do it? Without knowing the hour of death, it is difficult for us to part with the world today, it is difficult to say no to our desires, because we have plans, we dreamed of them since we were young, it was our goal and today we have the possibility to fulfil it. I grew up, I am an athlete and my career counts for me, or I am a businessman and money is important for me. Where in all this is God? Where is Jesus? Time does not matter anyway. If you had half a year of life left, what would you change in it? The answer of a friend to this question was, “I would do what I am doing, but the proportions would change.” This is probably the right answer, because it is not that you have to dump all your plans, dreams, actions, you just have to distance yourself from them.
We have to work, we have to live and make money. You can also succeed in these fields. But how much more will God bless you if you show Him that all this is not as important as He is. Only you, Jesus, are today the most important to me, today I have been called by you, and I want to do as much for the world as possible, because today’s world is worth nothing, and soon it will be no more.
May these coming days, months, years, not be wasted by you. There will be a time when everyone will have to make decisions and sooner or later we will change our lives. Maybe you’re going to eventually learn the Scripture by heart? Perhaps you will get to better know the heroes of the Bible, you will learn what they were struggling with? You will learn the historical background, prophecies and meaning of what Jesus and God wanted to tell us. Maybe you will realize that we are living in the end times. But do not allow the situation where you would regret that you did not do it earlier, that you did not come to the Lord before. You may regret it in the future, because what you are trying to do today, what you are fighting for on a daily basis, is “pointless”, and true happiness is work for Jesus. Today is the time to throw yourself into the arms of the Lord. Only do you trust Him fully when you make those uncomfortable decisions that may make your situation worse? This is true confidence to reject that fear and say: Jesus, whatever happens, I know that with you it will be better than it is. You do not know what to do? Evangelize. Encourage reading the Bible or books like the one you are reading now.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not depend on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. This will bring healing to your body, and refreshment to your bones. Honour the Lord with your wealth and with the first of all your produce, so your barns will be filled with abundance, and your vats will burst open with new wine. My son, do not reject the Lord’s discipline, and do not despise His correction, because the Lord corrects the person He loves, just as a father corrects the son He delights in” (Proverbs 3:5-12).
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