What Next?

If you are one of the smart or maybe lucky ones you will eventually get to the bottom of your list and find yourself asking the question “what next?”  Some people will think we are nuts to even ask the question because when you do something will inevitably pop to the front of your mind.  Is there no end to the things that simply must be done?  The answer to the question is, of course, NO.  Particularly in the fast pace of today’s world when we never seem to run out of things to do, all of which are important.

Is this what our Lord planned, that our minds would be so full of things that we could and would put aside His work until it was more convenient until we could more easily face it along with the inevitability of it taxing our poor little brains?  I don’t think so!

We are told in the book of Psalms to Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (46:10).  Being still seems like it would be a nice thing to do, especially when we have been running full speed all day trying to accomplish one thing or another.  And it seems also like we don’t need to worry because John tells us that In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you   And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there you may be also (14:2-3).  So it would appear that we can simply find a place to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee or maybe a soda if one doesn’t happen to like coffee.  I mean, it’s all being taken care of as it should be, right?

But wait just a moment, maybe we did leave something out that is important.  In the book of Mark we find Jesus telling His disciples to Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned (16:15-16).  It appears that if we don’t share the news we have there will be those who will spend eternity in a place that we don’t want to visit or even think about.  Maybe sitting quietly with a cup of coffee is not what we should be doing.  Are we missing something?  John would assure us that we really are because we have been plainly told by Jesus – Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to my Father (14:12).  That would seem to infer that the stranger’s life is not the only one that will be affected, but ours as well.

I know I would like to hear my Lord say – Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.  Enter into the joy of your lord  (Matthew 25:21).  The only alternative offered is one that none of us wants to hear – You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed (26). 

It is true that we cannot all go to foreign countries where is, is easier to find those who obviously have never heard of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, but it is also true that we don’t have to look far these days to discern where and when the words of our Lord need to be spoken.  The busyness of life has managed to remove from our habits the joy that comes from introducing our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ to a world that needs desperately to hear, know and see the results of what Love can and will do if we only allow it.  Is it too late to form a new habit?  What’s next on your calendar?  

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.