An elderly man sits alone on the couch in an empty, semi-dark house and as the sun begins to set, He begins to think about how hungry he is. Which leads him to ponder about dinner, he asks questions like, “what’s for dinner” and “when is it going to be done.” He speculates as to how its to be delivered, the color of the plate, whether the plate will be hot or cold, or maybe it will be served in a bowl. He goes on to envisions the types of utensils he may need to use, “maybe it will be a bowl of soup and I will need a spoon or maybe it will be a thick juicy steak and I will need a knife.” All the while he’s envisioning the incoming goodness, the sweet, salty, creamy, crunchy, or juicy treat that will soon be touching his tongue. For hours this continues, he goes on through the night and into the morning, hours turns into days and days into weeks. Now for weeks he has considered, argued, and discussed all the possibilities until finally he has become so weak and hungry that he slowly falls into a deep and permanent sleep.”
Asking the wrong questions for too long can be dangerous.
It may seem absurd or stupid but I propose that its the very thing the church has been doing for years. Are we asking the wrong questions? Is the church weakening, is it beginning to lay its head down slowly, needing to be resurrected. Have we been asking the wrong questions?
What’s going to happen next? How and When is the world going to end? Whats heaven/hell like? Where is it? Who’s going to make it to heaven? What sins exclude you from eligibility and what sins can be forgiven? What’s the new creation going to look like? Who’s going to be included?
We’ve spent much time talking, considering, pondering, and envisioning a future life in some other world, universe, or realm at the cost of this current life. I think it may be time for us all to let go of the questions that have distracted us from our purpose and time to start asking, “What’s my role in ushering in his new creation?
He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:7, 8 ESV)