In this life, they have their fill of good and comfort. They haven’t experienced pain or awful things that make them cringe therefore they have no need to long for a new Heaven and a new Earth. They need not long for Christ’s return because there’s no yearning in their heart for justice to be served in their lives or in the lives of others. It’s hard to believe but there are many self-proclaimed Christians who live with such a mindset. Christ’s return is a hindrance for them, it cuts their plans short. They want to experience more of this life. They’ve become attached to the world, “coming out from among them” has no meaning for them.
A transforming work
I used to be one of those “Christians”, I put the word in quotes because it’s hard to call yourself a disciple without a longing to be with your master. When the Lord saved me and entered my heart a transforming work was done. I went from being the girl who was afraid that Jesus would come before she experienced marriage and having children, to crying out day and night for justice and for Christ to come soon. It’s a hard pill to swallow when you realize that in this life justice won’t be served in full.
Therefore the law is ignored And justice is never upheld. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore justice comes out perverted. – Habakkuk 1:4
Don’t get me wrong, God is at work and he is doing a mighty work that is beyond our understanding but the fulfillment of that work won’t be seen or felt until Jesus returns and wipes away every tear. As Christians, we have to remember that the bible calls us sojourners and pilgrims, this earth is not our home.
Hastening the day of the Lord
Does this mean that we should become complacent and stop praying for justice? No, it means we should pray all the more and cry out all the more for justice to be served for the weak and the oppressed. We should have a greater heart for the oppressed. The bible says that we should be “waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!” 2 Peter 3:12. A pregnant woman once past her due date might understand the meaning of this verse a little better because she explores different methods to hasten the coming of her child. She does all that she can in order to trigger labor, for two reasons: she wants to meet her child and because her body physically can’t take it anymore. As Christians, we experience this too, we want to meet our Lord and we can’t bare the suffering of this world any longer. Hastening something simply means to cause it to happen sooner than it normally would, you are trying to accelerate the process.
The implication is this: as a Christian if God provided you with a good life don’t seek after a horrible one but rather seek after a heart for the oppressed as your Lord had when he walked this earth.
As the Lord works in your heart, you will become more sensitive to the things happening in this world and the desire for Christ’s return will burn fervently in your heart as never before. Until then may you cry out like Habakkuk “though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no heard in the stalls yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” (3:17-18)
Even if justice doesn’t come swiftly in this life, rejoice in the God of your salvation. Jesus is coming soon, this time he will come as a man of war, ready to destroy all injustice once and for all.
Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head, are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh, he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. -Revelation 19:13-16