When I was younger I remember, on visits to Sydney or Melbourne, seeing people walking the streets with placards reading ‘The End is Nigh’ or ‘The World is Ending’, indicating the end of time as we know it.
Yet many years later we are still here.
After wars, terrorism, earthquakes and natural disasters and with people still predicting the end of the world, we do not know when this will happen because it is not our call. It will happen when God wills it.
In Mark’s Gospel chapter 13 verses 1-11, Jesus is questioned about the time to come and He tells His disciples that they should be aware of people who will come claiming to be in His name but bearing false witness and leading people astray.
We need to be aware of such false prophesies and teaching, and in reading the Bible we will know that Jesus Christ is the only way to God and salvation and that His teaching is the way in which we should live and encourage others to live.
Jesus goes on to say that His followers will be tested, and so it is for us today. There is much in this world to distract us from the reality of Jesus’ mission that is our mission too.
Christians must be ready at all times to live and proclaim the Good News, never to be apathetic or afraid but to be strong in the power of the Holy Spirit to meet the challenges to our Christian faith.
If we do not meet these challenges then we are denying Christ and His salvation, for there are no half measures or part-time followers of Jesus Christ.
Be strong in faith ... we are not alone.
~ Contributed by Rev Wayne Sheean of St Paul’s Anglican Church, on behalf of the Combined Churches of Deniliquin.