Keeping Our Focus

Keeping Our Focus

November 17

Read: MATTHEW 25:1-13

In his book Stories with Intent, Klyne Snodgrass writes these words about the end times: “The focus on faithfulness reminds us again that Christian faith is not about believing certain ideas but about living out convictions over the long haul…What counts is faithfulness to the end.” Today’s parable is a reminder that we should remain ready for the return of Jesus—not in a stressed or anxious way, but in a way that indicates that we are always keeping in mind the future judgment.

On Broadway or in Hollywood, when an actor wants to sync their emotions and behavior with those of the character they are playing, they employ method acting. Method acting means the actor stays in character for the entire time they are playing the role, on and off set, so that the character’s behaviors and expressions become second nature. I believe Jesus’s desire for us in this parable is that we would become method actors of the kingdom of God here on earth.

Jesus, give us the focus and reminders to keep our lives focused on your kingdom. AMEN.

About the Author

Nathan Salinas || I serve as co-lead pastor of Sunset Covenant Church in Portland, Oregon, where I do a bit of everything. I am married to Erin, who works as a gynecologic oncologist, and we have a three-year-old daughter, Miah, and at the time of this writing we are expecting a baby boy in September. I completed a year of seminary at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary before completing my master of divinity degree at North Park Theological Seminary. I am interested in how our theology informs our everyday living and our understanding of how the world should function. Outside of church, I serve as an adviser to the Multnomah County Sheriff, advocating for the increase of community release programs, substance recovery programs while incarcerated, and reentry services. I like to go biking, boat on the Willamette River, visit the park with my daughter, and eat out in the vibrant Portland food scene.

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