The world is ending! What are you doing about it?
Obviously I don’t mean that this world has physically ended. Neither do I mean that Jesus has already returned (because his appearing will be obvious to all). So, what do I mean? I mean 1 Peter 4:7: “The end of all things is near”, which is better translated as: “The end of all things is at hand” (literally: ‘has come near’) (ESV; NASB). Friends, this one little sentence is profound, and can and should profoundly impact how you and I live our lives. Why? Well, here are numerous reasons why — 1. This current era of sin, Satan and death is just about to disappear forever. The new era has already begun— in fact it began when Christ came. You’ve probably heard the phrase, ‘the end/last times/days’. Well, numerous places in the New Testament show us that they are not something coming but started two Millenia ago! Like in the first Chapter of his letter Peter says Christ “has appeared in these last times (literally, “at the end of the times”; 1 Pet. 1:20). You are living in the end of this era, and the overlap with the new age. Your life is lived on the cusp of an incredible changeover. So you should feel privileged and astounded by this. And you and I should deliberately live lives of purpose because of this. 2. We live near all of God’s goal for this world being achieved. In 1 Pet. 4:7 the word translated as “end” (telos) could be translated as “goal”, “fulfillment”, “ultimate destiny”. The ultimate destiny of earth and people is about to happen! That’s a reason why you and I are no longer “of the world”. Our ‘old life’, the life of the ‘old era’ is gone forever, we are of the ‘new era’; we are of Christ. So, you and I should not live for this world but for the next. Friends, set your minds and eyes and hands on “the things above” (Colossians 3:2) i.e., in other words, “seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness” (Mt 6:33). 3. Keep it in perspective! Don’t you hate it when someone get something way out of proper perspective? So, live in and enjoy good things of this world with thankfulness to God for these gifts, but don’t make the gifts the focus of your life (& your spouse’s life and your children’s). Focus on the Giver, and living for him and the gospel. Live as disciple, who makes and grow other disciples.
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