I remember a bumper sticker I saw while in college. It read simply, “Jesus is coming back soon, everyone look busy!” I could never understand if it was serious or sarcastic. Certainly, the Lord of lords and King of kings deserves the attention and faithfulness of His servants. But to look busy instead of true service, that is disingenuous.

What should believers be doing in the service of their Lord, if He is indeed returning to Earth soon? Should we be living sober and intentional lives, being lights in a darkened world? Perhaps believers should be doing what Jesus Christ did, feeding the poor and clothing the naked?

I believe our lives should be doing exactly those same activities as Christ. We represent the love of God to a fallen humanity throughout history. “We are called to be God’s people” is not just a German hymn misused during World War II touting the superiority of the Aryan race. We are Gods’ people, ready, willing, and able to serve our present world. We are volunteers and helpers stepping forward to go, love, and minister with each other, just as Christ did. We trust God. God trusts us.

St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) said this best: “Christ has no body here on earth but our bodies; no hands but yours, no feet but yours; yours are the eyes through which to look at Christs’ compassion for the world, yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good, and yours are the hands with which he is to bless us now.”

James Weathersby


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