Over the past few days, I’ve stopped and thought of an hour five years ago. This hour was a lunch hour in my last year of high school. I had started to take Christianity seriously a bit more, was looking at getting baptized and had helped form a new Christian group called “Speak Out” at school.
This lunchtime was one of those days where we had a Speak Out meeting just a few days after the first Christchurch earthquake. The school was abuzz with discussion about what had happened in the south island and we even did some fundraising as a school to help those in need who had been in the midst of the quakes. That period of time was a thought provoking one as many were wondering what was going on. Why were there so many earthquakes happening down south? Were there going to be any in Auckland or somewhere else in the North Island? How was everyone coping in Christchurch and other affected areas? Would we be ready for an earthquake?
All of this came to a Speak Out session where one of our attendees read a passage from Matthew. It was titled “Signs of the End of the Age” and goes as follows…
As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.”
– Matthew 24 : 3 – 8
Now a lot of people seem to go to this passage when there are so many earthquakes – especially if they seem close to home. BUT let me give a suggestion on something else we can do rather than wonder if this is the end times and how soon Jesus may come back…
“My command is this: Love one another, as I have loved you.”
– John 15 : 12
Instead of worrying what this means for our eternity or what it means in the spiritual sense of when the end times will come, look at it this way. Love one another. There are many people down in Kaikoura and the rest of the South Island as well as Wellington that could do with some help. Pitch in and help even if its checking up on people in your neighborhood if you live in affected areas. Call friends that you know have relatives and ask if they are okay and if they need anything. Donate to relief funds or services like the Red Cross. Put together a food drive and find a way to send it down (I’m sure there is a way to help make this happen).
Love one another as Jesus has loved us.
This does not apply to just New Zealand and its quake affected areas. Look in your neighborhood, your city, your country, your continent and love on those that need help.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need (or what others need?), and thank him for all He has done (and what he will do?).”
-Philippians 4 : 6