Most people live as if they will live forever. They never stop to consider the end. Each of our lives has three distinct events—birth, life, and death. These three events are put on most tombstones in the form of date of birth, dash, and date of death. We had nothing to do with our birth. We did not decide when to be born, where to be born, nor into which family to be born. We do not decide when to die, where to die, or how to die. All these things are decided by God. But our dash, which lays between our birth and death, is determined by the decisions we make.
Peter reminds the believers of his day that the end is at hand. Either Christ will return or death will come. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die…” (Hebrews 9:27). Either way, our lives will soon be over. In light of that, Peter exhorts us to get serious. “Be ye therefore sober….”
BE SERIOUS ABOUT YOUR SALVATION
Salvation is a free gift offered to all, but there is a time limit. This free gift from God must be accepted while we are living on this earth. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). It is a gift, but it must be received. If we receive this gift we will spend eternity with God. If we refuse this gift we will spend eternity separated from Him.
BE SERIOUS ABOUT YOUR SERVICE TO THE LORD
Don’t wait until it is time to die to get serious about serving God. Each of us has been given a spiritual gift. This spiritual gift is not a toy to be played with. It is not a source of pride to boast about. It is a tool that is to be used in building up other members of the body of Christ. We must not waste our lives and our spiritual gifts. We should commit them to Christ and invest them in eternal matters.
BE SERIOUS ABOUT YOUR DEVOTION TO THE LORD
“Watch unto prayer.” Our success in our ministry for the Lord will be determined by our closeness to Him. We must constantly be watching. If we spend time with Him, He will protect us by making us watchful believers. We should watch what we look at, what we read, with whom we spend time, and how we treat others. Worshiping Him daily will prevent bad companions, bad reading, and bad attitudes. If we are watching we will surely pray. When we are conscious of the battle that we face, we will realize our total dependence on Him and will pray for His guidance, power, and presence.
Jesus told us that we as believers are salt and light for a corrupt and dark world. The world does not need us, but it desperately needs Him. As you consider the 6.8 billion people on the face of the earth, will you not stop and think, “Whatever I am going to do I must do now.” The end is at hand. The fields are white unto harvest. The laborers are few. We must be right with God so we can be used of Him to be a blessing to the lost world.
We can have an end time revival. I can envision millions of people in these last days being brought into the Kingdom of God. God has given us modern technology in order to reach this great harvest. The end of all things is at hand. Let’s be faithful to Him to the end. There are more people living on the earth now than at any time in history. We have more trained preachers than at any other time. We have more tools than any other generation has ever had. God has put in the hands of Bible-believing Christians more money than most generations could even dream about. We are stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Whether we think about it or not, “The end of all things is at hand.” He may come at any minute. We could die at any time. We should think like David when he said, “There is but a step between me and death” (1 Samuel 20:3). Since our next step, our next day, our next ministry could be our last, let’s give our very best to the Master. He is worthy.