Like millions of people, I am enjoying The Chosen series through the Angel app. In fact, I hope to see the Season 3 finale at the movie theater! The actor playing Jesus has cemented so many feelings and beliefs I personally have had about Jesus: kind but focused, loving but unwavering in purpose, gentle but to the point. One particular trait I love about Him is humor, and with a twinkle in His eye, Jesus often answers questions with one word: soon.
Through the episodes, the word “soon” has become a joke. “When do we start healing people?” the disciples asked, and Jesus replies, “Soon.” “When will you fulfill your purpose?” they inquire, and His response is the same: “Soon.” Who knows when soon will be…only the Father.
In the first scenario, “soon” comes quicker than I think the disciples want. They feel ill-equipped to go two-by-two to minister and heal in Jesus’s name. Yet, I think that was the plan. Jesus wanted them leaning upon Him and not on their own strength.
In the second case, “soon” is not long enough. They don’t know what is to come, but Jesus does. He knows His ultimate sacrifice He will make for all people. In His human state, you can feel the anxiety and see the tension. He loves these guys and the work He is doing, yet…
What we can gleam from this:
- We should always be operating in a “soon” mindset. When should we lose weight? Soon! When should be make amends with a friend? Soon! When should we start writing that book? Soon!
- Our “soons” are not on our time table, and we must understand that God ultimately knows when is best. This doesn’t prevent us from moving forward, but we need to trust the end game to Him.
- We must turn our goals, efforts, and timetables over to Him. We cannot force or push anything before its time. Psalm 15:11 says, “You make known to me the path of life. You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.”
I believe the balance is having a sense of urgency to do God’s work yet know “soon” may be “Not yet.” Even Jesus had to submit to the Father’s will, and when He performed a miracle that would draw too much attention to Him too soon, He asked the family to keep it quiet. When could they tell the world of the miracle He did? Soon.
Like the disciples, “soon” might come too quickly in matters of your own heart. God could call any of us home at any time. Be willing, able, and ready. Be sure your heart is right with God, because His Son will return “soon.”
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