Why should I care if Jesus returns?
Kind of a strange dream, but also awakened the teachings we had gotten years ago at the House of Prayer regarding end times. How does that apply to us? What would we do differently if it were happening tomorrow? But then, like all those dreams you’re not quite sure what to do with, we wrote it down and tucked it away for thought another day.
Last night I was at a Leadership Advance Conference at Bethel Church and a surprise guest was asked to come up on the stage and tell about some dreams she had been having. She told the story about the recurring dreams she’s been having about the return of Jesus. Her name is Tracey Evans and she left this area years ago to take care of villages in Mozambique; which is an amazing story if you ever have time to read about her. In her dreams, Jesus returns on a cloud of glory and the cloud resembles sparkling gold, similar to the cloud that was present in the church a couple nights ago of swirling gold dust. (yes, that really did happen in our church). In her dream, people kept trying to stop her from concerning herself with the return of Jesus, saying it’s going to happen, but just sit down, and have yourself a cup of coffee, don’t worry. To this day she doesn’t drink coffee to remind herself that she needs to always be aware of His return and to live her life as if He will return today! She then asked us “What are the gifts you will lay at the feet of Jesus when you see Him? When He asks ‘What have you done with the gifts I have given you?”
First of all, she just kind of comes in and blows my socks off! Many times I get so distracted by the little things of life, and totally forget that I’m on this planet to love and be loved by God and that some day He really is going to ask me what I did with what He gave me. Listening to her helped me to get back on track again. What would I do differently? How would I live my life in a more intentional way if I knew He was returning tomorrow…or very soon? Here’s what I’m thinking about today:
Wake up every morning full of thankfulness for His love and His gifts, especially my family.
Going out every day knowing not to worry about tomorrow because if I focus on today, God’s going to help me live well today, have divine encounters, and love on the people He puts around me.
Slow down! So that those around me know they are loved, so that I can know what their hurts are and how can I pray for them?
I want to be able to have time to stop and pray for people, to give them an encouraging word, to take them closer to Jesus, not think “wow, I’d love to talk, but I’ve got a schedule to keep to!”.
Can you imagine what the marketplace would look like if we all did that? I don’t have to go out and do a crusade, just slow down enough so that everyone God puts in my path today feels loved today. Wow. I know this is possible. I know God wants this. Now I just have to live it.
What would you do?
Hope to see you all at the office on Friday at noon to pray for the marketplace and thinking differently about the return of Jesus.