THE BEST IS YET TO BEGIN
20 He who testifies to these things says,“Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.
I have definitely had the honor and privilege to see things as they begin and watch things as they end. I have watched many times when some of the most popular TV series come to an end and I really think to myself, wow I just spent so much of my life plugging into the characters and this program. But I soon find out that there is another show that may take my heart and begin the process all over again. I can remember when watching the final episodes of Cheers, Friends, Scrubs, ER, Chicago Hope, L.A. Law, Lost, Seinfeld, etc... I could go on. Some of the episodes left room for a possible return and others pretty much closed the door and threw way the key. The reason I am starting with this idea today is because there are chapters in our lives that seem to come to an end. Times where we watch as God is slowly closing the door to one thing and beginning to open a door to a brand new opportunity. I watch this in the lives of our students every year. Students who graduate from Middle School, Confirmation or High School. Some of them will return to the same place they were, others will begin new chapters at new schools, and some will disappear into oblivion until years down the road when by happenstance we run into each other and catch up. I will be honest. I hate it when those pages begin to turn, but the coolest part is that God does leave the door cracked a little for more opportunities and connection to occur.
All week long we have been talking about the spiritual battles that we continue to face each day. Battles that lead us into making decisions that bring us closer to God or lead us on our prodigal journey. We are able to truly test God's will, His good, pleasing and perfect will for our lives, and find out who we are in the process. The journey is always going to be difficult,
but as I was talking to some people yesterday, remember the best is still yet to come. Please understand that just because we may not see what is to come, God has already given us the revelation we need to now how the story ends. It may not end today or tomorrow or a thousand years from now, but I can live my life each and every day with the understanding that God is in control and wins in the end. Just in case you are reading this today and you don't know this one part... God wins in the end. It does not mean that there is not going to be a battle and things may get worse before they get better, but we have the gift of joy and hope that we know that something better is coming. God is going to bring home His people and we need to take a moment each and everyday to remind people of that important message. Regardless of the many things that may come, God will overcome and we need to be sharing that with our families, friends, strangers... .basically with anyone who will listen. It is not a requirement to get us into heaven, but it is a requirement to help others find God's gift of grace and mercy through the blood of Jesus.
As we read the final words that was given to us by God in the Book of Revelation, please make note of the words. We are called to testify adn tell the world that Jesus is coming soon. We are not asked to be fanatical and beat people down with the message, but we are called to share the message of the Gospel with EVERY PERSON THAT WE CAN! The daily battle is real and it all began when we made a poor choice to listen to satan and have a desire to be like God. The Book of Revelation began inking the words as soon as that moment in our history happened. Please make note that there is only ONE REVELATION. It is NOT the book of revelations, but it is sharing with us the TRUTH that is being revealed to the world of God's grace, love and mercy through the blood of Jesus. That is the REVELATION! God sent His Son, Jesus, to come and die on a cross so that three days later Jesus would overcome death and sin and be resurrected from the grave. WHY? For US!! God did all of that for us so that when the end of it all comes, we will have the opportunity to live eternally with God in heaven. Revelation is the final chapter of the story and regardless of which chapter you are in with your personal journey, please make note that the BEST IS YET TO COME. Even if you are having your best life ever... the BEST IS YET TO COME. Even if you believe that you cannot make it another day... THE BEST IS YET TO COME.
John is revealing to us the foreshadowing of the end of it all and I just want to let you know if you missed it in the last section... THE BEST IS YET TO COME. I continue to live out my life with the opportunity to watch as the battle lines continue to be drawn between the war of good and evil. I continue to see nations fall because of the void of God as their foundation. I
continue to see evil profess small victories as we watch churches continue to close, but one
thing I have to tell all of us today. The Church was never meant to contain God or His message anyway. Jesus NEVER built a church because when you try to contain God in a box, you lose the perspective of how to reach the world. You build walls that cause others to believe that they are not accepted or welcome. Please don't be surprised in how God is going to create the next generation church. Remember the CHURCH is NOT the BUILDING... but the PEOPLE of God. So when the revivals begin, there will NOT be a building that can contain the message that needs to be spoken. There will NOT be a room that can handle the lives that will be transformed because of the TRUTH of the message that will be spoken. In the last 20 years we have had markets crash, different virus and wars. They have all seemed as if they were going to lead to the end of the world, but guess what... they didn't. Only God knows the time and regardless of what may happen we all know the end result. It may get worse before it gets better, but in the end I will say AMEN, because of the Glory of God that will reign for eternity. May we go and profess this message to the world each and every day.