It is easy to get caught up in either the pace or the haze of the world and to forget that the Lord is coming soon.
But He is coming soon – the prophecies have been fulfilled that indicate that we are living in the last moments of Satan’s reign. He is cunningly, furiously exerting his most powerful influence now, knowing that he has but a short time.
If Christ should come today, would we be filled with joy? Or would we tell Jesus, “Please come back tomorrow – after I have enjoyed this and that, and when it is convenient for me”?
If Christ should come today, would we live differently? But if we really believe Jesus is coming at all, we should live this day as faithfully as if He were coming tonight.
“All we have to do with is this one day. Today we must be faithful to our trust. Today we must love God with all the heart and our neighbor as ourselves. Today we must resist the temptations of the enemy, and through the grace of Christ gain the victory. Thus we shall watch and wait for Christ’s coming. Each day we should live as if we knew that this would be our last day on this earth. If we knew that Christ would come tomorrow, would we not crowd into today all the kind words, all the unselfish deeds, that we could? We should be patient and gentle, and intensely in earnest, doing all in our power to win souls to Christ” (In Heavenly Places p 355).
Luke 21:24-26 exhorts us, “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Ephesians 5:15-17 “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
It is easy to waste away the days (especially when you’re on winter break). But Jesus is coming soon! Let us not waste a moment of today but fill it with His light, so that we may prepare a generation to greet Him.
“I urge you to turn your thoughts from worldly things and center them on the things of eternity. Christ has placed everlasting life within your reach, and He has promised to give you help in every time of need…. We should never rest satisfied with present attainments. If we put mind and heart into the work of reaching God’s ideal for us, if we go to Christ, the mighty helper, for aid, He will give us the very assistance that we need. He will bestow on us the very power that will enable us to be victorious in the struggle against evil” (In Heavenly Places p 355).
Father God, forgive me for forgetting so easily Your timeline of salvation. Help me to live this day as if Jesus is coming tonight. Remind me of Your soon coming. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.