Today's Verse

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

What do we do about the end?

Have you ever seen a person in movie or in real life who is walking around carrying a placard? One placard that seems to be common in caricaturing is the crazy looking man in long robes carrying a placard reading, "The end is coming!" Sometimes I think of Jonah and his short sermon in Jonah 3:4 that had amazing results. In 1 Peter 4:7 I found that placard again: "But the end of all things is at hand." What follows is a list of things we ought to be doing because the return of the Lord is soon. I thought it worth sharing.

"The end of all things is at hand!"

  • be sober (literally in your right mind) (1 Peter 4:7)
  • watchful in prayer (1 Peter 4:7)
  • above all fervently love one another (1 Peter 4:8)
  • practice hospitality without grumbling (1 Peter 4:9)
  • as each of us have been gifted by the Holy Spirit, use those gifts to minister to one another (1 Peter 4:10)
  • if any one speaks (a longer prolonged speech, like teaching or preaching) let him speak the oracles of God (the Word of God) (1 Peter 4:11)
  • minister with the abilities God has given you (1 Peter 4:11)
    • that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ
    • to whom belong the glory and dominion forever
The last one particularly made me think of Philippians 4:3. We are to minister with our God given abilities for the glory of God. We are not (as Phil 4:3 states) to minister seeking our own vain glory. It is not our glory to receive. We are to have the mind of Christ. So, what is the purpose of man? What is your purpose? If you knew you only had one week left to live, what would you seek to accomplish? This list is an interesting perspective. "The end of all things is at hand." What are you going to do with it?

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