On this Labor Day, I’m wondering what you are choosing to labor for. Have you stopped to think about it? Did you know there are some things you don’t have to labor for?
Have you watched the news much lately?
I’ll admit that I’m trying to cut back my news intake more and more – because all of the bad news in the world leaves me feeling anxious. It’s not that I don’t want to be informed – I just don’t want to feel all doomed and gloomy each day.
I do catch headlines, though. And a LOT is happening lately. From earthquakes to holocausts to outbreaks to wars and rumors of wars, it certainly seems like everything is in chaos.
When I hear about the tragedy upon tragedy, you know what comes to mind?
In this chapter of the Bible, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives and his disciples came to him with questions:
“‘Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’ ”
“And Jesus answered them, ‘See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, “I am the Christ,” and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.’ ” – Matthew 24:3-8
I love the Bible. It’s true. It’s God’s Holy Word. I base my life on what it says, and hide it in my heart.
I love the way that God tells us what will happen – so that at times like right now, when all of the world is in upheaval and we’re faced with Ebola and ISIS and earthquakes and everything else, we know what to expect.
Are things going to be easy? NO. Far, far, far from it. But we are asked to endure. And so, as believers, we shall.
Here’s the thing. We can despair about current events and the future. Or we can place our hope in Christ.
My question for you today is this: Do you have hope?
Are you hoping in your good works? Are you hoping in things to work out for the best? Or have you placed your hope in Christ?
We are closer to the end today than we have ever been. If you’re reading this healthy living blog, you already know about the daily struggle against unhealthy living. But eventually, no matter how many healthy choices you may make, everyone dies. Since tomorrow is never guaranteed, any day could be your last.
Life is fleeting. If you have not placed your hope and faith in Christ, why not? What is keeping that from happening right now?
If you have placed your hope and faith in Christ, what are you doing about it? Placing your faith in Christ’s saving grace isn’t about how much good work you can do. He offers a free gift – one we cannot earn. Rest in him. His yoke is easy and his burden is light. And then live and labor for him and his glory.
While today’s post is different for Accidentally Green, I’ve written it because it’s weighing on my heart. Healthy and green living is nice, but it’s not eternal. What does matter is your relationship with Christ. Do you have one?