Jeremiah 8: 8—9: 26
Can you imagine being in Jeremiah’s position? Can you imagine God pronouncing judgement on your people, town or nation and you are given the task of telling them that judgement is coming only to be ignored? And God tells us that this judgement is coming simply because they refuse to acknowledge that He is Lord. They have no lack of enthusiasm for religious rites. They circumcise themselves and follow the “law.” Law is in quotation marks because it is not God’s Law they follow but, a version of it they like and are ok with. And they do these things to set make themselves feel like they are right with God, all the while ignoring the people God sent to tell them, “Hey, you just have to acknowledge God as God to be right with God, and PS. Judgement is coming—eh, er…bodies scattered across the field likes clumps of manure—might want to put that carved image down and look to God, but whatever.”
Not to Jesus juke you on a Monday morning, but fellow Christ followers, we are in Jeremiah’s position. “Go into the world and make disciples of every nation, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” We are supposed to go out and tell people about Jesus and that faith in Him is the way to be right with God. That last line of the Great Commission tells us that there is an end to this age. And that end is exactly what we have been reading about in the prophets—final judgement, the End Times, when God regathers Israel for the final cleansing. So yes, we should identify with Jeremiah in this way. We know the truth and we have to tell people about it. They will ignore us for the most part, but I don’t want to wish I said more when judgement comes.
Colossians 3: 1-17
And as if to drive home the point I was trying to make above; Paul tells us our real life is hidden with Christ in God. That means this life on earth is not the real deal. Eternity is the real deal. We have to stop making life on earth the real deal and think about Eternity as our real life. That frees us up to let go of what does not matter and cling to what does matter. And Paul says, “Christ is all that matters.” Paul the “mic drop” apostle does it again. Go out today and focus on Christ, He will do the rest. The end.