Over the years I have read more than few tabloid covers that show that the end is near or is here and the whole world is coming to an end. I have often just shaken my head and continued to walk toward the cashier. Jesus Himself said that no one but God knows the day or the hour (Matthew 24:36). But in 1 Peter 4:7 Peter seems to contradict Jesus, when he says, “The end of all things is near.” As my pastor pointed out, the end is near because we live in between the Ascension and the Return of Jesus. We live in the waiting period.
The same kind of ready-waiting as a pregnant woman in the last weeks of her pregnancy or a person whose house is on the market. We are to “be clear minded and self-controlled so that we can pray,” (1 Peter 4:7). When we are anticipating something, especially something we are excited about, we are attentive, watching for it. Think of little kids at Christmas or just before their birthdays, counting down the days, doing whatever they can to hurry it along.
That is the way we are to live as believers, anticipating Jesus. But not only are we to anticipate Him, but we are also supposed to invite others. First Peter 4 continues in verses 10 and 11, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” In other words, the ultimate gift, Salvation, is to be shared with those who have not heard the Good News- now. Since we are living when the end is near, there is no time to lose, no time to waste.
“The church was chosen by God to make a difference in the world. There is no plan B.” ~Rich Mullins.
While I am not going to stand on a street corner with a sign in my hands, I do recognize that days are dwindling for us to share and live out the Gospel. My prayer, Best Beloved, is that what I do and what I say will draw others to Christ. I pray that when they meet me they will see Him instead. We remember the person or event that called us to Christ, let’s in turn, be the same for someone else.
You may wonder what that looks like, to be honest, I couldn’t tell you. Spend time in prayer, ask God where He is working and meet Hm there. It might be sweeping a sidewalk when it snows for your elderly neighbor. Or bringing a meal for a friend who is struggling with paying his or her bills. Invite a friend or coworker who will be alone for Thanksgiving to come and share the meal with you. There are hundreds of ways you and I can be the hands and feet of Jesus. It’s just our choice whether we will obey the Holy Spirit’s prompting.
Dear Ones, while it is still called “today” it’s our job to act, the end will be too late.