NEW BEGINNINGS 

 

New beginnings.  I like the sound of that.  Family and friends have been coming up to Sharon and myself these last few weeks asking, “isn’t it kind of scary moving to a brand-new place?”  I think a better word is “excited.”  There is an eager anticipation to see what God is going to do through each of us, all of us, in making an impact for His Kingdom right here in Hawaii.

 

Sharon and I want you to know that we have come to live life, to experience life in it’s fullest dimensions right here with you.  Please know that we have come to blend our hearts and bind our hands together with yours and with His.

 

As much as I love new beginnings my heart beats with a passion for an ending.  Or at least the kind of ending Jesus declares in Revelation 22.  Like a winning football coach being drenched with a chilly bucket of Gatorade, wide-eyed I recently read this Apocalyptic appeal.  Just four words but powerfully laced.  “I am coming quickly” (vs 7).  In fact Jesus declares this pronouncement three times in this last chapter of the bible.  “I am coming quickly.”

 

Having had the chance to meditate on the meaning of this Apocalyptic appeal and the implications they have in my life, I have come to the conclusion that there is nothing I want more than to live my life with the words of Jesus ringing in my ears, “I am coming quickly.”  How about you?  Can you imagine the kind of impact it would have on each one of us if we were to intentionally choose to live our lives with the glorious promise of Jesus reminding us, “I am coming quickly!”  

 

I believe there has never been a more critical time than now for God’s people to be living in a “I am coming quickly” mode.  You can just feel it in the air and sense it in the times.  Read the headlines.  It seems as if this planet is gasping it’s last breath.  How then shall we choose to live?  Consider these words from another apocalyptic bombshell.  “We are living in the most solemn period of this world’s history ... We need to humble ourselves before the Lord, with fasting and prayer, and to meditate much upon His word.  We should now seek a deep and living experience in the things of God.  We have not a moment to lose”  (The Great Controversy, 601).

 

I love new beginnings.  But this is the ending my heart longs for.  What do you say we together choose to long for and live for this glorious ending.  The soon second coming of Jesus Christ. 

 

Ralph S. Watts III

March-April, 2006