I thought that title might get you reading.
Well, if you are reading this, chances are that the world didn’t end when the clock struck ’12. Over the past several months—over a year, perhaps—I’ve answered questions from teenagers I work with about the end of the world. Will it happen in 2012? Was that movie right or will it happen when that Camping guy says so? Will we know if Jesus returns? Will Chipotle be served in Heaven?
We always want to know when it’s going to happen. What is that about us that makes us want to know? Teenagers are obsessed with the book of Revelation. It reads like a Stephen King novel, sure, but there is so much great stuff in there that helps us live for today. (In fact, it was originally a letter written to 7 churches to pass around in order to encourage them while they live in a hostile environment for Christ followers. It had relevant stuff for them as well as future stuff. I think that some of that stuff has happened and some of it hasn’t.)
Jesus is going to return someday. I believe that with all of my heart. But I’m also driven by His proclamation that “The Kingdom of God is here.” Today, now—the same as it was when it broke into this world with Christ over 2,000 years ago. What if, instead of wondering whether the world is going to end this year, we let our sense of wonder take over and dream of how we can build The Kingdom of Jesus even stronger? In some of Jesus’ last teachings, He said “you will do greater things than me” (John 14:12). This verse has always perplexed me with how Jesus used the word “greater.” How could we ever do something greater than what Jesus has done for us?
Whatever the answer is to that question, one thing I am certain of: Jesus invites us to help build His Kingdom. The year 2012 is another year full of opportunities when we get to take Him up on that invitation. That’s something to wonder about and be hopeful for!
I leave you with a final thought. If I wrote this all in vain because the world did end with Jesus’ return, would you please pass the Chipotle? I’m hungry.