I’ve become such a political nerd.
Seriously, back in my younger days, I never would have imagined in my wildest dreams I’d be so into politics. But I am. I watch the presidential debates with fervor. Government discussions intrigue me.
Let me be up-front: I don’t adhere to any political party. In fact, I’m not a fan of politicians…at all. Most of them are untruthful, which goes against everything we stand for in this ministry.
However, I watch politics because I watch what is happening in our world. Those of you who know me know I take a keen interest in end-time events. I guess I just want to know how close we are to Jesus’ return.
Last night, I watched President Obama’s last State of the Union address. In it, he addressed the state of America. He spoke of where we stand as a nation, and where we’re going.
He said some nice, powerful-sounding things. I don’t know how true they are. Again, I’m not a fan of politicians.
But I do know one thing: everything he said was pretty much positive. He projected a bright outlook on America’s future. He made it sound like we could last forever if we so desired.
That’s not the world I see.
I’m not afraid to be wrong. And if I am, I apologize and hope someone corrects me. But when I look around, I see negative things: a volatile global economy, an out-of-control jihad mounting, escalating crime, and corrupt systems.
I see strain and unhappiness in the precious faces at the supermarket. I see tension erupting amongst lovely, albeit fed-up people on the streets, in our cars, at church, and at work. I see tired moms and dads, fatigue in their eyes, struggling to make things work at home. I see lonely kids.
Yes, when I look around, the state of the union is…worrisome.
However, when I sit in my prayer chair (wow, that sounds weird), open my Bible app, and read the hopeful words within, I realize the state of my union is beyond this world. In fact, it’s out-of-this-world awesome.
I don’t know what your situation is. It could be great, it could be awful. But one thing I do know is its temporary. If, for the moment, you are coasting in greatness, it will soon change.
If, for the moment, you are in the worst phase of your life, it will change. Guaranteed.
The other thing I know is, if you are a believer in Christ, you will see Him soon – probably sooner than you realize. The state of this earthly union will no longer mean anything to you, as you will face your Father in an entirely different union altogether.
What will the state of that union be like?
If you are a believer, you have every reason to smile in the mirror today. Maybe even give yourself a wink. You are on your way Home. Every breath breathed is a breath closer to the true world, the world that matters, the world that lasts forever.
The world that whispers and beckons in your heart; the world guiding you through these dark days into the peaceful, quiet world of Beyond. Beyond this one. Beyond the confusion. Beyond the storms. Beyond the long, lonely days where your faith eyes can’t see Jesus but you want to know He’s there. Beyond – where you can see Him.
Yes, the state of the Celestial Union is good. As we’ll soon see.
And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven. (Mark 14:62b)
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