Psalm 27:4 (NIV)
4 One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
Luke 9:18-20 (NIV)
18 Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”
19 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”
20 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”
Matthew 24:32-35 (MSG)
32-35 “Take a lesson from the fig tree. From the moment you notice its buds form, the merest hint of green, you know summer’s just around the corner. So it is with you: When you see all these things, you’ll know he’s at the door. Don’t take this lightly. I’m not just saying this for some future generation, but for all of you. This age continues until all these things take place. Sky and earth will wear out; my words won’t wear out.”
The one thing I ask from you Lord, the only thing I want, is to spend all the days of my life, this short one here on earth and my eternal one, with you. I want to gaze on your beauty, be in your presence, live in your love forever.
Soooo, what does He ask of us to get this blessing? Christ tells us to take a lesson from the fig tree – when the tree begins to sprout, you know summer is coming soon. The seasons of planting and growing are here. Don’t take this lightly He tells us. Don’t fall asleep in the field. He’s telling us that we’ll keep going until all these things take place. He’s giving us a huge chance to accept him as the Messiah. But at some point the harvest season will come.
Don’t miss the reason for the seasons. There is a time for planting, for growing, for pruning, and in the last step, a time for harvesting. He’s giving us time for us to use.
“Who do you think I am?” He asks us every day. “ Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear” He tells us. These are powerful, powerful statements of truth.
Who wouldn’t want to spend eternity in God’s presence? Who will do what needs to be done to make sure they’re doing what God call us to do? Who will follow the great purpose and take the message to the planting field?