Baskerville Old Face – I wrote previously that even though we are told how the world will end, our expectations to look out for one or two things will cause us to fail to see how it is really going down. C.S. Lewis’ note about God’s “right now” that contains “what was, what is, and what will be” also means that somewhere outside of time I live with God, walk on streets of gold, and am no longer hurt by sadness and pain. Now that is something to look forward to.
In that case, outside of time, the world has already ended, is going on as usual, and has yet to begin. As a being inside of time at this very moment, can I make a difference in the day-to-day goings on? I think so. God has seen tomorrow, is watching tomorrow, and will watch tomorrow just as it is with today and yesterday.
Yet we still have free will. C.S. Lewis said that God has simply already seen our actions, but he is also all-knowing, so he already knows our actions. After all, God is not slow in keeping His promises as we understand slowness, but he is waiting for the full number to be added to our measure. He has already watched people as they accepted His son. God is also omni-present, meaning that he is in all places at all times.
In the mean time, he is not only waiting, but interacting with us in ways that we can’t fathom. Here again is where our expectations fail us. I have always thought, “Concerning the end of the world, I’ll just wait for somebody to negociate peace inbetween Israel and her neighbors, then I’ll know that person is the Anti-Christ the Bible speaks of. Until then, I’ll go on doing as I want.”
I don’t think God would be pleased with that line of thinking. He expects us to be making a difference in small ways so that he can get the glory in big ways. After all, if it was the sort of thing He would want of us wouldn’t the Bible say, “Christians, when you see a man negociate a peace for Israel to last seven years, know that he is the Anti-Christ. Before this comes to pass you may party, amass possessions, and be an all-around worldy sort.” I think this is why God didn’t tell us when the end of the world would be. We’re supposed to be his hands and feet, taking care of orphans, widows, visiting those in prison or the hospital, giving, sharing, helping, you know, that sort of thing.
Has your expectations of our upcoming end caused you to redouble your efforts to advance His kingdom? Or is your tendendcy to look out for a certain thing to come to pass given you a bit of freedom to live as a worldy sort in the mean time?