What is the most important appointment on your personal calendar? A doctor visit? A child’s or grandchild’s birthday? A car repair?
We’ve all realized at the end of a busy day that the urgent often pushes aside the truly important. Sure, pressing tasks were accomplished, but what really mattered got postponed for another less busy day. The frustrating thing is that less busy day can be elusive.
Harry Chapin captured this truth in his song, “Cat’s in the Cradle.” If we don’t prioritize time with our children while they are young, they grow up to be just like us — too busy to make time for us.
As Christians, we’ve each been given talents and gifts to use to God’s glory, and tasks to accomplish. The command to share the Gospel and make disciples is both important and urgent.
Micah was a prophet to Israel and Judah in a time of relative peace and great prosperity. He recognized that in the midst of material wealth there was growing spiritual poverty. And, he foretold a coming disaster for both nations. You might think Micah would have organized a grassroots movement to make the Jewish nations great again. Instead, his message cut to what was most important — the individual heart. He said, “[God] has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
Micah also prophetically testified to the anticipation that inspired his faith and encouraged him throughout his life: “But for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation” (Micah 7:7).
Jesus is coming soon! The promise of that hope is both urgent and important. Soon, all the busy-ness that fills our lives will cease. When the trumpet sounds, we will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. In the twinkling of an eye we’ll be transformed and given glorified, immortal bodies.
Your excitement should be stoked about both the importance and the urgency of our next appointment on the prophetic calendar — the Rapture of the Church. Because, when we are gathered together with our Lord, then we really will have a good time — then, and forevermore!