Get Your Head Up!
It is a day of drooping heads and discouraged hearts. Apart from divine intervention, the world situation is absolutely hopeless. No one knows what to do. Even Christians are infected with the mood. “Why doesn’t God do something? There are more heathen than ever. The gospel is not winning the world. It is going to the Communists.” Even stout hearts fail for fear and many, like John the Baptist in prison, feel like asking our Lord: “Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?” (Matthew 11:3).
We ought to get our heads up. Our Lord said: “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28). But have we not seen all these signs before? Yes, many of them separately and at different times, but never have they all converged simultaneously as now. Our Lord also said: “So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.”
Matthew 24:33 KJV.
The frightening headlines today mean one thing to this poor world and something entirely different to the Christian. He does not rejoice in the world’s misery but he lifts up his head because he knows it means the redemption of this earth, racked with all the ravages of sin. It means that our bodies, with all their aches and pains, will soon be exchanged for new bodies like our Lord’s. It means the sons of God will soon come into their own. Get your head up, brother! The wise men of this world shake their heads in perplexity, but the humblest Christian with a dollar Bible knows what time it is. He is not too excited over Communism and astronauts and nuclear war and the population explosion and all the passing fads that come and go. He knows that they are the dying gasps of an expiring age and that, when the kingdoms of this world have knocked each other out, the Lord will set up His rule. For that, the Christian lives every moment. He is not looking for something to happen; he is looking for Someone to come.
We have another reason for getting our heads up. Our Lord said: “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest” (John 4:35). It is not enough to watch the skies for His return. We have work to do. The returning Lord is also the reaping Lord and there are souls to be won. All around us are men and women who are strangers to the grace of God. There is an academic interest in prophecy that glories in our coming redemption but does nothing about the redemption of men and women today. We still have time to snatch some brands from the burning. The night has not yet come when no man can work. “Soon will the season of rescue be o’er” when men will say, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved” (Jeremiah 8:20).
Get your head up! Communism, cocky and confident, has its head up, drunk with the wine of success and sure that it can conquer the world. The church is too often behind closed doors in fear. I am grieved to read and hear so much pessimism from Christian sources, so much hand-wringing among Christian leaders, as though our cause were doomed. Our Lord is doing what He came to do, but we are not doing what we were saved to do. We are not being conformed to the image of God’s Son and we are not making disciples. It is redemption time and reaping time! Heads up to the challenge of the hour and the call of the harvest! “… it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed” (Romans 13:11).