You know how we lived among you for your sake. 1 Thessalonians 1:5 (NIV) The Apostle Paul’s convictions about the gospel were expressed not just in what he said but also in how he lived. The message about Christ who gave His life for others was credible because Paul spent...
The end of all things is near. 1 Peter 4:7 (NIV)
There are three clocks ticking:
- Our time, individually, is ticking away. We only have as long as God gives to each one of us.
- Their time is ticking away. Resistant people only have as much time as God gives them.
- Our time, collectively, is ticking away. The church only has as long as God gives to us until Jesus comes back again.
God has given a task to the church and we don’t have forever to do it. There is an urgency about bringing the gospel to the highly resistant people in the suburbs, in the university, in the workplace, in the Muslim world, in the Hindu world, in the Far East, and in central Africa.
The church was born in an explosion of spiritual life and vitality on the day of Pentecost. Persecution caused believers to be scattered across the Roman Empire, and everywhere they went they took the gospel with them. But just thirty years later, when Peter wrote this letter, the church was already losing its edge.
Here we are 2,000 years later, and it is easy for us to settle down into a routine in which church is part of our lives, organized for our convenience, and we forget why we are here. Our time is limited. The end is near.
If you knew that you only had one year left until Jesus came back again, how might you live differently?