Things are happening all around us and we need to be aware of the implications they will have on our lives. We need to read the signs correctly so that we make the right decisions regarding our lives.
In Matthew 24, our Lord Jesus Christ lists some of the things that would happen in the end times. And then He points to the fig tree and says the following in verses 32-35: “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it[e] is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
The lesson from the fig tree is that we have the ability to read the signs. Just like when we look at the blooming trees, we know summer has arrived. In the same way, we can assess what is going on around us and make the right decisions regarding our families, homes, studies, careers, jobs, businesses. We need to know who to make alliances with and who not to and when to pull out and who to vote for etc, etc. We need to make these decisions prayerfully. The Holy Spirit will guide us.
It is through the decisions we make that the Holy Spirit will move the Church of Christ to spread around the world and position itself strategically. That would be the best position for us and for those who come after us!
This does not mean that the world will end soon after! Our Lord said it in the above verses but all of us know that “this generation” had passed away before seeing it! We don’t really know what He meant by “this generation”; the meaning might have been lost in translation. The point, however, is that we need to read the signs and be ready.
What we are to do will be different from individual to individual, church to church. But, we can not ignore the forces operating around us. We need to study and judge these forces and make the best decisions for ourselves, our families and our future.