Friday, May 5
What would you do if you found out that Jesus was returning in one week? If you would go out and buy a Corvette, finish the last 3 seasons of The Office on Netflix, and eat as much chocolate as possible, Christianity might not be for you. I don’t have an issue with people buying cars, watching television, or eating chocolate, but you shouldn’t gorge on pleasure no matter when he is coming back. I suspect many of you would try to make things right with God and try to convince some people that they should accept Christ as their savior. You might take the time to talk with that family member or friend that is not saved yet. The point is that there would probably be more urgency in sharing the gospel for most of us.
The second question to think about is, “Should I really live my life any differently now (not knowing when Christ will return) than if I knew Christ was coming back in a week?” Should there be just as much urgency? I think there could be some differences. For instance, if you knew Christ was coming back now, you would probably quit your job or stop going to school, which is probably not a good idea to do now since we don’t know when he will return. However, I think an increased sense of urgency about getting your life right with God and talking to others about the kingdom should always be present in our lives. We don’t know when Christ is going to return, we don’t know when our friends and family are going to die, we don’t know when we are going to die, and there are more people that need to hear about the gospel than we personally have time to tell all of them.
Jesus talks about people behaving poorly if they think their master will not be returning for a long time in Matthew 24:42-51. He mentions they will be sent to a place where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. I think you know he is talking about h… e…double hockey stick. He tells us to always be alert since we do not know when he is going to return. Part of being alert is to take the precautions necessary in case he is coming back this week. Get your life right with God NOW and go talk to that family member or friend before it is too late.
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