Just a Sign of the Times - 2006
Just a sign of the times
Matthew 24: 3As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?" 4Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in my name, claiming, `I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.[i]
“When I take my identity from God instead of other people, I find myself listening more attentively, loving more freely, acting with genuine compassion.” [ii]
Caution. Stop. Merge Left. Ice on Roadway. Chains Required. Deer Crossing. Exit. Curve Ahead. Road Construction Next 12 Miles. Restroom. Parking. Our lives would be filled with chaos without signs. I recall running the Vancouver International Half Marathon in Vancouver, B.C. several years ago. Late in the race, the runners began to bunch together and slow way down. There was a ‘Y’ in the road. People were confused which way to go. The crowd of spectators on both sides of the road were yelling, “go right! NO! Go Left!” It was chaos. A young girl about eight years old popped out of the crowd about 15 yards in front of me. She looked directly at me and with a very concerned look on her face shouted, “Go right mister!” I went right. The voice of an innocent child directed me safely to the finish line.
There is so much noise from the crowd these days it is very easy to become confused, deceived and get lost. The voice of worldly wisdom typically sounds good. People who espouse it to others often look good. It may make you feel good. It is even easily digested. That’s what the components of deception are made of; sounds good, looks good, feels good and goes down easy. Don’t allow the crowd to drown out the voice of Jesus. It’s just a sign of the times.
[i] Matthew 24:3-5 Excerpted from Compton's Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved
[ii] Manning, Brennan & Hancock, Jim Posers, Fakers & Wannabe’s – Unmasking the Real You, NAVPRESS, Colorado Springs, CO. © 2003 by Brennan Manning p 65