|An old picture, but pretty awesome, no?|
I thought I may do some writing in the next few days or possibly weeks about some of the ways my mind is being renewed (I hope it's renewing and not malfunctioning..lol).
The main theme for this line of thinking is that Jesus may or may not be coming back very very soon, but that is okay, either way. It is now becoming more important to me what I am doing to show His love in these last or maybe not so last times.
Eschatology is something that I have always been very passionate about, right from the very beginning of my walk. The thought that we were in the final generation and Christ could come back any second was something that never really disturbed me. Others would say things like they wanted to see their kids grow up or they were not ready and such and I couldn't imagine why.
So here is me, little miss end times, making sure all my loved ones know that Jesus is coming back any minute and they had better be getting it together. Meanwhile, Lazarus (proverbially) is lying outside my gates.
Not that there is anything wrong with being prophetically minded, but something was certainly lacking in my spirituality. I was becoming a big noisy noise. I had no love. It was about this time last year that the Lord started to shake things up, force me to think about how I saw Him, my family, and people in general.
And here is something I found out:
Upon listening to some teachers who focus was on love, it just so happened that a couple are not premillenial (gasp!) and even though I don't agree with them, I was able to give their eschatology a hearing and discovered that they (this man was a preterist) aren't scripturally illiterate monsters, but have taken what they honestly feel the text says. The verses they have to explain away are no more ridiculous or numerous than the ones we futurists do.
I'm not ready to jump camps at all, I just realized that we are all imperfect, we are all trying to make sense of it, and we are all His children.
...for we see now through a mirror obscurely, and then face to face; now I know in part, and then I shall fully know, as also I was known; and now there doth remain faith, hope, love -- these three; and the greatest of these [is] love.
more to come...perhaps.
*title disclaimer...I do believe that Jesus will physically return to this earth, and that there will be an end times scenario...just maybe not as soon as I once thought.