This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now, our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. (Romans 13:11)
“Just a little bit further. You can do it. Just a little bit more.” Those are the things that you tell yourself in a long-distance race. Just a little bit more. Beloved, we are closer than ever to the soon return of Jesus Christ. So, what kinds of things ought we to be doing at the end of the race? Paul writes, “And do this…”. Do what? If you look at the previous verses, it is all about loving others. If we learn to love others, we will not do them any harm, but we will help them.
Sometimes in this crazy world we are living in it gets kind of easy to criticize others, form judgements against people, or even just avoid them. But Paul wrote that we are to love others. Jesus said that by this the world would know that we belong to Him if we are loving others (John 13:33-34).
Try checking up on someone you haven’t heard from in a while. Try taking time to listen to people you often disagree with. Remember to put on your mask when you go out in public. Masks aren’t about protecting ourselves; they are about protecting others from what we might be carrying. Send someone a card. Make someone a nice meal. Just a little bit further.