Luke 17; Genesis 29:1-30; Psalm 22
As a follower of Christ, I am ready, in fact I am looking forward to the return of Jesus. The Christian Church has lived with that expectation for almost 2000 years. That belief lends an urgency to everything I do. At the same time, though, that belief may cause me to be less concerned about the future since Jesus is going to come and take care of things anyway. While always being ready for Jesus to return, we have an obligation to our future generations. David described that in Psalm 22. “Future descendants will serve him; generations to come will be told about my Lord. They will proclaim God’s righteousness to those not yet born, telling them what God has done.” (Psalm 22:30-31) We are that last group to David – those who hadn’t been born who are no ready to serve God and tell the generations to come about the love of Jesus. Even if we believe that Jesus is coming tomorrow, we still have to prepare as if we, like David, will have future generations depending on our proclamation of the word of God and the message of restoration with God. It is incumbent on us to treat our world with respect. It is incumbent upon us to treat our future generations with respect. Today is a day to remember those not yet born as we think about those who will never be born because of the lack of respect for life. May we serve our God with righteousness. May we proclaim His righteousness to our future generations and may we love and respect them as much as God does.
Lord, today is a somber anniversary. Remind me that I have an obligation to seek You, to seek Your righteousness, and to proclaim Your righteousness to those in my world. Give me the strength to do that.