I recently heard a sermon on the Gap Problem within churches. It went something like this.
We become a Christian at Point A and live until Point B. Point B could be at our death or when Jesus returns. The Gap Problem is what we do between these points. It’s sort of like the question: “What happens between the dash on the tombstone?” We’re born; we die. But what happens between the dash and the Gap?
In his sermon, the pastor lamented that many of us begin the good life, but spend all our time thinking of when we’ll enter heaven. We forget to live the Kingdom Life while in the Gap or while on earth. We just stand and wait.
Most of us can identify, at least in part.
The apostle Peter preached the first Christian sermon to the crowd at Pentecost and gave ideas of how to live in the Gap. In Acts 2, the people were cut to the heart with what they had done to Jesus, the Lord and Messiah and solemnly asked, “What shall we do?”
“Repent and be baptized” were Peter’s words to the crowd. Three thousand were added to the faith that day. He said the gift of the Holy Spirit would be for them and for all who were far off, which meant the Gentiles.
How are you doing in your Gap? We should always ask what we can do in the Gap we have. How are we to live? We have choices. Do we realize the need of the Holy Spirit to help us live the Kingdom Life here on earth? Wouldn’t it be great if we had the fruits of the Spirit while we wait?
Am I ready for life in the Gap?
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope…you have made known to me the paths of life; you fill me with joy in your presence.
Acts 2:26, 28