DON’T LEAVE TILL YOU’VE LEFT!

In the military you would hear the term, “Short!!!” which meant the troop saying it had almost completed their time at (especially “isolated” duty where family wasn’t allowed to come with them) that base. 

          “I’m so short I can sit on a piece of paper and dangle my legs!” 

          “I’m a two-digit midget!” meaning they had less than 100 days in country (considering most assignments in the 70’s to South East Asia were 1 calendar year – 365 days). That would be followed by “Single digit midget!” – less than 10 days in country left. 

                   Often their attitude about their job would really go downhill because they were leaving so their job performance would suffer.

          Don’t leave till you’ve left! 

          Many people, when giving a 2-week notice, in today’s job world have the same sort of attitude. “Why should I do any more than I have to? I’m leaving this job, so I really don’t care.” 

          Don’t leave till you’ve left! 

          We have all seen people like that. Well, sometimes in the Christian world it happens as well. In his book “Heritage and Horizons” by R. Bryant Mitchell, which is the history of Open Bible Standard Churches, he remarked that with the revivals of the early 1920-30’s, so many people focused on the imminent return of Jesus (the Rapture) that the church forgot to live for today! 

          Don’t leave till you’ve left! 

          The Return of Jesus is throughout the New Testament. Paul was expecting it any day (“For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.” I Thessalonians 4:15 

          “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,” II Thessalonians 2:1) 

          Jesus said in John 14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” 

          The Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ confirms the 2nd return of Christ to receive His Bride (the “Church” is not mentioned after chapter 6 of the book until chapter 19). 

          As we, Christians, watch world events we believe that the return of Jesus is very close, very close. However, we shouldn’t be “so heavenly minded” that we are not to be “of no earthly good.” If anything, knowing that His day of appearing is always one day closer with every sunrise, we should endeavor to bring as many with us into His kingdom as possible! 

          As the Christmas season is almost upon us (as I write this), let us “Go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born!”