The Day is at Hand

Sam Petitfils 

 “Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires” (Romans 13:11-14).

The biblical writers often remind us that this present life will soon vanish away, and we will be with God. Peter calls this life a time of suffering, lasting “a little while” (1 Peter 5:10), while James likens this life to a vanishing mist (James 4:14). In light of this, how should God’s people respond?

1) We should maximize our time on earth.
At some point, our life will be over. Either we go the way of all the world and die, or remain until Christ’s return. Either way, our time is limited. We have much to do, but little time to do it. We need to ask ourselves what remains to be done, then set out to do it.

A few years ago Hollywood released a movie called something like “The Bucket List.” I didn’t see it, but I understand it related the things a couple of men wanted to do before they died. If the truth be told, I think one’s “bucket list” tells a lot about people. We always promise ourselves plenty of time and great health, but only God knows how much time remains. If we were told Christ would return by year’s end, how would that change us? Sadly for some, very little.

2) We should seek to promote God’s glory.
The earth continues to rattle with wars and rumors of war. Nations and peoples gather to fight others, and entangle others in their battles. Then we have our own daily battles of managing families, careers and relationships. But the one constant remains: We need to promote God’s glory while we have breath (1 Corinthians 10:31). Do we shine His light on others so they might come to Christ (1 Peter 2:12)? Do we speak up when God’s name is trampled underfoot? We need to promote God’s glory wherever we go.

3) We should prepare ourselves for glory.
God left us here for a reason, and we should be growing in our knowledge of God (2 Peter 3:18). The world obsesses about their possessions and status, but what captures our heart? Do we long to know God better? Do we give Him the time in His Word that He deserves? Have we submitted our lives to fully and completely follow Him?

Some Christians get caught up in worldly races, such as the race to gain more stuff or fame. But true wisdom dictates we devote our time here to God’s work and commit our lives to fully serving Him. When we get caught up in the world’s pursuits, they will ultimately weigh us down and provide no lasting joy or meaning.

Time is short. Even if we should live another 40 years, time is short. When measured against eternity, a few years amounts to nothing. And yet these few years are all we have to make the most out of our lives. Let’s recommit our lives to God, and give Him our very best. The dawn is almost here!_________________________________________________________________________________________

We Shall Behold Him (Written by Dottie Rambo)

Verse 1
The sky shall unfold, Preparing His entrance
The stars shall applaud Him, With thunders of praise

The sweet light in His eyes, Shall enhance those awaiting
And we shall behold Him, Then face to face

Chorus 
O, we shall behold Him, We shall behold Him
Face to face in all of His glory

O, we shall behold Him, Yes, we shall behold Him
Face to face, our Savior and Lord

Verse 2 
The angel shall sound, The shout of His coming
And the sleeping shall rise, From their slumbering place

And those who remain, Shall be changed in a moment
And we shall behold Him, Then face to face

Chorus 
We shall behold Him, O yes we shall behold Him
Face to face in all of His glory

Our Savior and Lord, And we shall behold Him
Our Savior and Lord, Savior and Lord!

 

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