The End is Near
Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 43-45; 1 Peter 4
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Peter 4:7-11
I played baseball for most of my childhood. I started playing when I was five or six years old and played through high school. During my senior year, one day about halfway through the season the realization hit me that the end was near because I knew that I did not have the skills necessary to play in college. As mostly a relief pitcher, I never really knew when I was going to play, so I came to understand that any game could be my last. With this in mind, I found myself working just a little bit harder in practice. When I was called on to pitch in games, I found myself throwing just a little bit harder, and I found myself trying to relish every single minute I spent on the field. I still remember the last game I ever played in high school. After twelve or thirteen years of living a breathing baseball, I stood on that field one last time after the game was over. As I stood there looking around the field, I thought about all of the fields I played on over the years. I thought about all of the wins and all of the losses, all of the good times and the bad. I experienced many emotions that day, but the one emotion I did not have was regret, because I knew I played all those years to the full extent of my ability.
In today’s key passage, Peter gives us a gentle reminder that the end of our days is near. As followers of Christ, we know that we will leave this world either when Jesus comes for the rapture or when He decides our time is complete. In either case, we do not know when our last day on earth will be. It could be today, tomorrow, or 50 years from now. Of course, we all realize that any day can be our last, but often we choose not to live with that in mind. We always think we will have more time to love others or to try to save that unbelieving friend. We think we will have more time to spend in prayer or in reading God’s Word. We think we will have more time to live as Christ has asked and to fulfill His vision for our lives. The bottom line, though, is that we simply do not know. We cannot afford to procrastinate. We cannot afford to put off until tomorrow what we could do today. We have to live every day as if it might be our last. When we do, we will find ourselves serving God just a little bit harder. We will find ourselves praying just a little bit harder. We will find ourselves trying to reach others for Christ just a little bit harder. Then when we get to our last day, whenever that might be, we can look back on our lives without regret. You never know when your last day will be. Live like it is today.
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Posted on July 25, 2013, in 21 - 1 Peter and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Evangelism, God, Godly Living, Jesus, Prayer, Religion, Salvation. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.