Nearer Than You Think
"The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray." I Peter 4:7
We have so many devices with which to communicate with people these days. Many can be used while moving from one location to the next. Have you had the experience in which you are communicating with someone by means of some device thinking that they were far away, only to look up and see them right there with you?
In I Peter 4:7, we are told that "The end of all things is near." In other words, the time for Jesus' return for His church draws near. Therefore, we'd better be ready. We need to be living like those that belong to Jesus.
Jesus came so that we, in our new relationship with Him, could now enjoy a "sound" or "right" mind. He also wants us to live with "self-control." Earlier in the same Book (I Peter 1:13), we see it explained this way: "Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the race to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed."
One of the actions in which God wants our minds always to be involved in is prayer. In I Thessalonians 5:17, we are told to "pray continually". Wouldn't it be great if some day we are in the midst of a conversation with God and we look up to see Jesus coming for us? I think that is what He wants us to experience.
It is easy for us to get distracted from prayer. We can get caught up with our many tasks to accomplish. Or, we can get submerged in many conversations with people. Before we know it, God has been placed on "hold" for an insulting amount of time.
What if some day you look up and Jesus is coming for you and you realize you have had Him on hold for hours, days, or weeks? Or worse yet, what if you come to the end of life and realize that you've never prayed the most important prayer of all, surrendering your life to Him and inviting Him into your heart? That is what He doesn't want anyone to experience.
"The end of all things is near."
Posted on Fri, November 11, 2011
by David Gaunt