July 13, 2012

Here's Your Sign

Luke 21:28-38

“When you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.”
—Luke 21:31


When stores advertise children’s clothing sales, we know a new school year will soon begin. When the sun sets early and it’s dark by late afternoon, we know winter is approaching. These are signs pointing to a change of seasons for us.

Jesus wanted people to be fully aware of the signs of God’s approaching kingdom. Our senses must be alert to catch how he wants us to live with confidence and peace in him.

Jesus said, “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.” Jesus isn’t trying to scare or trick us. His sharp words are meant to keep us on top of our game.

The signs we have are the life-affirming words he speaks into our lives. His words are the very truth we can rely on as the solid ground beneath our feet.

He said, “The kingdom of God is near… Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

He also reminded his followers to “be always on the watch, and pray.”

Peace and wholeness are under way. Let’s keep our eyes open for signs of the coming kingdom as we not only listen to Jesus’ words but also do what he says (James 1:22; 2:20). And what does he teach? “Love one another” (John 13:34).

Lord Jesus, as we serve you each day, keep us alert and watchful for signs of your kingdom coming. May your word keep us grounded in doing your will. Amen.

About the author — Reginald Smith

Dr. Reginald Smith is senior pastor at Roosevelt Park Community Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has served for seventeen years. He has also served as a pastor in Paterson, New Jersey. He and his wife, Sharon, have three daughters, Janelle, Katrina, and Mariah.

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