Living in the Light of Eternity
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
On May 20th 2011 (the day before the “rapture” was supposed to happen according to followers of Harold Camping), I thought to myself: what if I knew Jesus was coming back tomorrow, or next week; what would I be doing today? As I started thinking about what I would do, I was saddened when I compared that to what I actually did that day. Wake up, eat breakfast, go to work, come home, go shopping, read, talk to wife, and go to bed. A day lived without any seeming eternal impact. A day wasted in the light of eternity. With that in mind, I repented and resolved it in my heart that the next day would not be wasted, but would be spent with the sole purpose of telling others about the gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s how the early church lived, and how Jesus commands us to live when he tells us to “keep watch” and “be ready”.
Live life with the resolve that when you meet Jesus you will not say “wait! Hold on! I’m not ready! I didn’t do everything I was supposed to do!” But instead, you can say alongside the Apostle Paul “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race!” Live life in the light of eternity.
Heavenly Father, remind and convict me of the urgency there is to spread your gospel to the ends of the earth. Help me live with the urgency of your Great Commission. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!