Most, if not all, of my readers are aware of the times, as am I. We recognize what’s going on, because we were warned to watch. We may not know the day or the hour, but we recognize the season, and we’re bracing ourselves, amping up our prayers for our loved ones, including in those prayers people we don’t even know. We’re putting oil in our lamps in expectation of our bridegroom.
Most, if not all, of my readers are writers, just as I am. We are in various stages of perfection in our craft, but we’re striving, always striving for improvement, to hone our skills, and produce the best product possible in honor of the One who called us to this adventure.
My Wednesday morning Bible class just finished Beth Moore’s nine-week study of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Because I’d been gone and missed a few sessions, I fell behind, so though everyone else has finished, I’m still catching up. Today’s post is based on the lesson I studied this morning, particularly this part:
Each day the sun comes up closer to the dawn of Christ’s coming. If the Word of the Lord needed to speed ahead in Paul’s generation, how expeditious should it be in ours? These are days for deliberate acceleration. We have wheels. We have wings. We have ways. We have means. At least for now, many of us also have freedom of speech (page 196).
And should that freedom be withdrawn, Beth says, we have the assurance of 2 Timothy 2:9 “the word of God is not chained.”
I got to thinking about our call to get the gospel out and how urgent the need is. Are we heading for Armageddon? No. That’s not for a while yet. But the trumpets are about to blast, and things are going to be tense on the earth, to put it mildly.
And, I got to thinking of myself and my role as writer, who I write to, and whether I should shift from backsliders to nonbelievers. Getting the Word out seems so vital now, and those who are called to address the nonbelievers have such a pressing duty that I wondered whether I was supposed to join their ranks.
My answer came: No.
In the perilous times to come, all of us are needed. Writers whose works are intended for believers are crucial. These precious authors inspire, encourage, uplift Christians who already understand the parable of the fig tree. They already know their salvation is nigh.
Authors who address their works to the backsliders are vital, too. These are the ones who bring the lambs back into the fold. The ones who proclaim God’s forgiveness for whatever sin or rift that caused them to separate themselves, and call them to come home.
Don’t get me wrong: none of us escape the responsibility of the great commission. We are to called to spread God’s message. This duty falls upon the shoulders of every person declaring him- or herself to be a Christian. But our calling as individual authors may be different. Perhaps we were indeed called to address the unbeliever or answer the seekers, or perhaps we were called to bring our own back into God’s arms, or maybe we were called to encourage and guide those already in the faith. Whatever our individual calling, that calling is still critical, even as the seals snap open and the angels prepare their horns.
So, “let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” (Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJ).