How Shall We Wait? - Youth Preacher says Gods work must continue in the Interim
"And He Called His 10 servants and delivered them 10 pounds and said unto them, Occupy until I come."
As Christians anticipate the second coming of Jesus Christ, the waiting period for many is one of torment and uncertainty. Their minds are plagued with questions of where to go, what to do and when to do it. But youth preacher, Roshane Dryden, is affirming the instructions of God to develop all aspects of self for the greater service to God and man.
He believes that it is necessary for one to pursue ambitions; to apply for school, to get a degree, to buy a car - if you can afford it; to start a family; to secure a home and to travel and experience all the good things this world has to offer, however, these things should never become your idol.
The youth minister asserts that priorities should not rest in worldly achievements and the commendation of men, but how the work of God can be shown through these accomplishments and how another can be led to glorify Him.
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Dryden believes that many of us are blessed with wisdom, but don't take the time out to share a word. We are blessed with wealth, but don't take the opportunity to help the poor who will always be among us. These, Dryden said, are some of the ways we 'occupy' ourselves before God comes.
"When you see someone you can help, it is important that you help. In the end, you will be rewarded greatly. Patient endurance is about waiting but being at peace because you are pursuing your aspirations, yet allowing the work to glorify God."
"End time waiting is an active waiting that involves serving those who are needy and associating with outcasts. It causes us to step out of our comfort zones and embrace people we would not normally embrace."
He continued, "Whether you are a part of a centre of influence in rural Manchester or working in the boardroom of a highly sophisticated educational facility, God wants His people to show the world what it really means to wait for his coming."
Dryden, in his last remarks, reiterated the importance of ensuring that one's heart is in the right place and that a concerted effort is made to help fellow brothers and sisters make it to heaven.
"It is my hope that we will go out and plant seeds that will bring forth a flower in an area that was once filled with garbage. You can be the change in somebody's life."