There is a struggle that all people face in this hustle and bustle world where we are instantaneously connected with everything through the internet, food is fast, and speed is of the essence when it comes to getting from one place to another on the highway. We have information overload and there is a lack of stopping and smelling the roses. Patience is almost non-existent in the world today. There is one thing that requires absolute hesitation and patience, waiting on God.
Many Christians pray for the quick advancement of the Kingdom but few truly understand that they are building blocks of which the Kingdom is raised from the cornerstone which is Christ. Jesus does not want us to rush in, to guess, to proclaim, the Kingdom arrival because the work is far from finished. Too many people are reading signs and wonders and proclaiming the end date but we are not really allowed to do that. Every time someone does God has proven them wrong. In fact, we have actually gone backwards.
The Kingdom takes hold every time we welcome a reborn brother and sister into the Body of Christ. The Kingdom builds up every time we witness and share. Scripture tells us the goal is for the whole world to cry out in the name of the Lord. But our impatience blocks His return when all we do is pray without personal action. This requires patience and steadfast love.
James advised the church in Jerusalem to be patient and steadfast in the faith.
Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation . – James 5:7-12
So what is James telling us? Just as it takes time and actions for the plants to bear fruit, so we must have patience and grow ourselves as we were instructed by Scripture and through the teachings of Christ. Do not waiver from your beliefs but have the strength to remain steadfast in your faith.
Do you waste your time in judgment of the world or do you try to help the world understand the truth? How often do we look at another and immediately place a label due to skin tone, clothes, attitude, and lifestyle. That is judging, we all do it. It is increasingly hard not to especially when those who say they want inclusiveness and love are actually the most judgmental when they do not get their way. We need more people who understand what is right in God’s eyes and be more compassionate. We need more people who understand and obey the law of the land and God’s Laws. This world needs a change of Heart.
Where is your heart? Are you patiently waiting and advancing the Kingdom by sharing the gospel, or are you in constant prayer because you grow weary of the world and constantly as Jesus to return quickly?