In Luke chapter 10 we read (NIV):
38 "As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, 'Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!'
41 'Martha, Martha,' the Lord answered, 'you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.'"
As we approach the Harvest of the Church, many complain that those watching for Jesus' return are wasting time. They insist we should be working hard to spread the gospel message, and that by watching and waiting we are wasting precious time. Like Martha, these individuals are "worried and upset about many things". In anger, they lash out at "date setters" and "false prophets". They stir up controversy in the Body of Christ, and insist that the Church itself must save the world and its people.
Yet, only one thing is needed: to believe in the person of Jesus Christ. The world system will go the way prepared for it, and it will not be saved. For individual people, the Church is not doing the saving, but rather the ones being saved! If by the Lord's grace, we are able to participate in the process of salvation, then let us praise the Lord while understanding our position. In Isaiah chapter 64, we read (NIV):
"How then can we be saved?
6 All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind our sins sweep us away."
Yet we puff ourselves up, and boast in our pride. Like dung beetles arguing over who possesses the choicest morsel of excrement, we wallow in foolishness. We are now one week away from October 26-27th, 2020. If this date should also pass by without the appearance of the Two Witnesses, then we will continue to watch and wait. For this is far better, and will not be taken from us.
Even so, Come Lord Jesus. We love you, and we wait for you.