7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:7-8
Here the disciples ask Jesus if this is the moment where the kingdom of God will be restored. But Jesus does not give them a timeframe. He simply says that it is for the Father, who has the authority, to know the exact date and time.
If they had found out immediately, “it might overly discourage them in the work they had to do right then, and might make them think less of the aspect of the Kingdom of God that was present with them.”
– David Guzik
How often do I think in the present? Moreover, do I think in the present when it comes to the Kingdom of God and sharing His love to the ends of the earth?
It is now officially the winter of 2018. If the start of the year was not busy, it is now! If I am not careful, I can find myself caught up in the motions of life: waking up, fulfilling my to-do list, worrying about tomorrow and going to sleep. At times, I think “to the end of the earth” can wait until tomorrow. Alternatively, tomorrow’s tomorrow.
The problem is, when this happens, I need to be thinking more about my day-to-day, my present. How am I loving God today, how am I living every step as a follower of Christ? How am I loving people and sharing God’s love with them today.
Because none of us know when the Kingdom of God will come. And when it does, I pray I do not have to make excuses that even resemble that of being, “to busy worrying about tomorrows to-do list”.
God, help me to be in the present, praising you throughout moments of my present day and loving people here and now.