The Time is Near

Over the past few days/weeks, many things have been on my mind, but it has all come back to one central thought that I feel led to share about today.

That thought is this, “You never know when it all could end.”

And I feel that we as Christians need to wake up and realize this.

What do I mean?  Too often today we see many who are complacent in their faith; they seem to think they have forever, or in many cases, they just don’t realize the decision that they need to make in their life. Jesus tells us in His Word that not all who say, “Lord, Lord” will enter the Kingdom of heaven.  But there are too many of us who seem to forget that we are called to a higher standard.

Just because you say you are a Christian doesn’t mean that you follow Christ with your life.  It might mean that you have tasted the milk, but have you moved past the infancy stage? Are you attempting to live for Christ in all things that you do? Or, do you live with the mentality that just because you know who Christ is that you are set to go to heaven?

God makes it clear in His word that not all who simply say Lord will get to heaven.  Look with me at Matthew 7:21-23 – “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

But we must also beware of those who are ministering in the Name of God who are not also sold out to His ultimate goal.  Matthew 24 reminds us of this in verses 4-5, “Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.”

Do not be deceived today, because none of us know the time or date that Jesus will return; none of us know when life could be ripped away from us and it will be too late.  Today, we must choose to live for Him wholeheartedly or we may find ourselves standing there hearing the same words, “Away from me, I never knew you!”

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” – Matthew 24:42-44

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