You may have noticed that there has been no Minister's Monday Moment for the last 2 weeks. That's because of time.
The first week - I was on "my time" as I took a few days off. Whilst it wasn't a full week because of other commitments nevertheless I did take time to relax. I slept in a couple of mornings, I used 2 rolls of cord in my weedeater as I tackled the growth around the edges of my property (it was quite long) and I sent time with special friends. And I worked really hard at not even opening my emails (didn't quite succeed with that one :( ).
Last week I missed the MMM because of time too. But this time it wasn't deliberate. Time just seemed to "get away from me" last week and after missing my normal writing time on Monday I just never got back to it. You could say I just never got around to it.
This morning I was talking with a Jehovah's Witness. No - they didn't come knocking on the door this was a work colleague at MIT (by the way have you noticed that there haven't been any JW's evangelising since lockdown - it wasn't till my colleague told me that there had been a central decision from JW headquarters that the door to door evangelising had to stop because of COVID-19 that I realised they hadn't been around). Anyway, as is often the case when people meet for the first time since lockdown our conversation turned to COVID-19 and specifically whether COVID-19 was a sign of the end times (Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21). The days before Jesus Christ returns.
Those who know me well know that I don't spend a lot of time worrying about whether wars, earthquakes, famines, pandemics etc. are indeed signs of the end times. After all if Jesus himself does not know (Matthew 24:36 (NLT)“However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.) why should I worry about such things.
No my job and your job is to be ready (Matthew 24:42 (NLT) “So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.) AND to do all we can to ensure those we love and those who God puts in our path are also ready by telling them the good news that Jesus Christ died for them and rose again that they might have eternal life; by giving them the opportunity to accept him as their Lord and Saviour and so be transformed into the likeness of Christ, so that when the time comes they may hear those glorious words - "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter now into the glory of the Lord.
Have a blessed week. May you have many opportunities to share the love of God this week.