It's Not Game Over Yet

"Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other..” (Matthew 24:30-31)

My boys have really taken to soccer. Their interest in the game has motivated me to jump into it as well, because I have a feeling I will be watching a lot of soccer games for the next decade or so. Besides, it gives me another way to connect with my kids. 

There is something we can learn from “stoppage time” in professional matches. Stoppage time is tacked onto the end of each 90 minute game to make up for any playtime lost due to injury, substitutions, etc. The referee is solely responsible to track how much stoppage time has been added. The spectators don’t know, the coaches, the players, the announcers—no one knows how many extra minutes are left, except the referee.

I think this is wise, and it reminds me of the Father. Unknown stoppage time helps keep the players passionate and pushing all the way to the end. The athletes don’t know how much time they have left, so they play as hard as they can until the referee sounds the whistle. 

The Father has set up the same type of timing for His Son’s return. Jesus describes the end in Matthew 24. He states, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” (Matthew 24:36).

God isn’t hiding the end-of-time from us just for kicks. This hidden timing is actually an expression of His love for humanity. He has sealed it up because He cares for His creation and He wants His people staying focused on saving people, not just watching the clock run down. 

We are called to make disciples, preach the Gospel, and save the lost. We don’t know when the trumpet will sound, but until it does every generation should stay passionate about spreading the message of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Jesus is our hope, He is the goal, the prize, and He is the only Way! Everyone needs to be given the chance to choose. 

So press on, and don’t slow up even a little bit in order to see your friends and family saved. No one knows when it will be “game over”.

Let’s pray: Father, give me boldness and courage to save the lost. Open doors for me everyday to encourage someone into Your Kingdom. I am available today! Clothe me in love and compassion so that my life will draw people to Jesus. In Jesus name, amen.