Summary: The present scenario of the world and our nation under lockdown had given us the best chance to shine our lights in the darkness but seemed like more than others we hid our light under a basket. Matthew 5:16
Greetings in the sweet name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, let us consider ourselves privileged to listen to his word. As we are continuing the COVID-19 Lockdown, I see many verses and articles related to Christ's Second Coming circulating in the social media, and I don't know to which Christian IT company God is revealing Jesus Christ's Second Coming and how accurate and reliable they are only God knows, because even pastors and church educated leaders are circulating, it seems, like we are only spending time in studying the times and seasons but the main teaching of Second coming we are very ignorant, that Jesus will come like a thief, this means he's not going to come secretly, but it means it will be sudden and will be as fast as before twinkling of an eye. Jesus can come now, in fact, any time he can come, he can come now, at night, tomorrow, anytime, stop listening to such false teachers and IT companies, I think these people will try to stop Jesus' coming because they have already set a time and date for His return. And have invited many believers to the event of Second Coming. We have not learnt lessons from failed prophesies from the false prophets, However, the bridegroom will return in his time as believers let us not be slumber, let Jesus not find us in sleep, let Jesus not find that we went to buy oil.
Anyways my topic for today is not about Jesus Christ's Second Coming will talk about it some other times. But my topic for today is 'Church's responsibility towards our society' or as believers our responsibility towards our society', but if time permits I may highlight a few questions that Jesus will ask to those who will be with him after his Second Coming. If we are not ready to face these questions at least through this reminder message it should provoke us or motivate us to do at least some good works.
The present scenario of the world and our nation under lockdown had given us the best chance to shine our lights in the darkness but seemed like more than others we hid our light under a basket, we should have been the salt in a tasteless world it seemed again like we lost our taste and we are worthy to be thrown out.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
I got so much of motivation during this lockdown from one of the religious groups in India, even though they knew nobody even buying vegetables or any groceries from their shops but still, they were very very active socially in distributing the essential commodities for free.
Then what happened to us Christians why couldn't we be salt, light or a good neighbour to our society. Let us learn how God is seriously serious about our roles in society.
Now let us turn our Bibles to Eph. 2:8-10
'For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them'.
Let's pray, 'Heavenly Father we come before you again, Lord whatever we study today help us not to hear in an arrogant manner or neither let me be an arrogant preacher in any point of time, we all humble ourselves, we know we have disappointed you many times and we are disappointing you again but God let the mind of Jesus be in all of us, in Jesus name Amen.
1) We are his workmanship, we are his masterpiece, designed by the greatest Engineer of the Universe, he can never make mistakes, we were there in his plan before the foundation of the world. To do good works can you imagine. We didn't choose him but he chose us to bring fruits and that our fruits may remain. We are saved by grace through faith, to do good works, we are not saved by our good works but our salvation should result in good works. And what are these good works, speaking scriptures, memorising the verses? no, but in living according to the Bible.
2)In the OT we see God has asked us to be mouthpieces for the orphans, strangers and widows living with us, to raise our voices for them
Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Defend and deliver the poor and needy.
Psalms 10: 14 also we can read if we keep silent God will be their protector.
Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.