They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs;
You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy.
2012, the year the Mayan Calendar supposedly tells us the world will end because its calendar runs out. When my calendar runs out, I put up a new one. Sadly, a lot of people will fall for this fear and this provides all of us believers an opportunity, talk with them about eternity.
People are going to ask how they will know that they are saved. Another will struggle with why he isn’t getting the answers to the prayers he’s praying. Another will decide to attend church for the sake going, after all it can’t hurt can it?
All three make me wonder, how do I present the reality of eternity to them? How do I not just say what I believe, but somehow plant the seed or point in the right direction? My first answer is I don’t, only God’s Holy Spirit can do that. So, my prayers must be focused on what to share. What I found was the following from 2 Corinthians (The Amplified Version):
Therefore we do not become discouraged
(utterly spiritless, exhausted, and wearied out through fear).
Though our outer man is [progressively] decaying and wasting away,
yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day after day.
For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour)
is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing
and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory
[beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons
and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory
and blessedness never to cease!],
Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen
but to the things that are unseen;
for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting),
but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.
A simpler version of it can be found in New International Version (NIV).
Therefore we do not lose heart.
Though outwardly we are wasting away,
yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us
an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen,
but on what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary,
but what is unseen is eternal.
In a nutshell, we Christians know that what happens here is but a brief flicker and then we move to eternity. I don’t know and really don’t care if the Mayan calendar is right. God tells us in His Word that we’re not to know.
Father, I pray that each person reading this has rest in the knowledge that eternity will be spent with Your Son Jesus Christ, and while we do have to answer there for what we do (and don’t do) here or when the end of times as we know it will come, we will still be the children of God, living with Christ Jesus when it does.