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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The World as You Know It Will End Today

I asked my staff today what they would do if they knew they had only one hour left to live. Each of them said they would spend it with family. I asked them what they would do if they had ten years. That caused them to scratch their heads.

Each of us thinks we may have ten years left to live. It seems that some people would come to the point when they stopped believing that but, without a known terminal illness, nearly everyone acts as they will live forever. I guess they can't imagine a world without themselves. Most people see the world as never changing no matter how many times they have seen it change.

This caused me to think about the world and its change. The world will never again be like it is today. Today will cause changes that will not be undone. Today will have changes in which tomorrow will be built. The opportunities of today will be gone with today if for no other reason than they can't be done as quickly if we had started on them today.

Essentially, the world as you know it ends today.

The greatest tragedy in life is wishing that you did something when you could. The sun is setting. The opportunities are growing dim. One of your tomorrows might find you sitting in a rocking chair wishing that you did something differently. You may lie to yourself and say you did all that you could but you will know the truth no matter how many times you say it.

Just think of the things that could be done in ten years. You could write a novel or a symphony or an opera, earn a doctorate, make a disciple, start a church, lose all the weight you have been meaning to lose, learn to play the piano or be known as a completely committed follower of Jesus no matter how people see you now.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Yes, I have heard that too. The road to hell is paved with missed opportunities too.

I believe the Lord has been telling me something that I must do. I have heard it from people who have walked up to me after church. The say as tears stream down their faces, "This is my last Sunday to be in church. My job requires that I work Sundays." Am I to say, "I really hurt for you," but do absolutely nothing about it?

So, I am meeting with a group of people with whom God has been speaking about this same issue. They know that we have to do something about it now. We have to provide a means that people who work on Sundays can worship. Therefore, we are working to start a Saturday night service for people who have either an impossible or hard time coming on Sundays.

I'll admit that it is easier to do nothing but how can I say that I have the love of Jesus when I simply tell people how sorry I am about their predicament when I could be doing something about it? The opportunity is right in front of me and those who are working to start this service. We have to do something.

Tomorrow today's opportunity to speak to someone about Jesus may be gone forever. There are people you may see that you will never see again. The things that the Lord leads you to do may not be available for very much longer. The world and all that is in it is changing. You have to act now.

The Bible says that the days are evil. Maybe I've been singing praise songs for so long that I have forgotten there is an enemy telling me that there is plenty of time to do whatever God has put on my heart. Maybe that's why Paul urges us to proclaim, "Now is the day of salvation." Tomorrow may be too late for some people.

Ephesians 5:15-16 (ESV)
15  Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16  making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 

1 comment:

Anthony Chia said...

I am very happy to read that you would consider doing something about the situation that people cannot come on Sunday to church, by starting up a service on another of the day of the week. It is NOT always easy, but when it is difficult it does NOT necessarily mean we will NOT do it.

Indeed time and tide wait for no one. Tomorrow is a brand new day, the world of yesterday is a past tense. We cannot go back, in time; that is how thing is. I believe and I do say that God is unlike Superman who went back in time when his girlfriend died, and redid things so that she ended up NOT dying; God does NOT do that. God can look into the future, and does fix something, but NOT ALL THINGS, and He tweaks real-time, and moves forward, pressing on, despite all the aberrations from the Fall. We should be like God, press on forward, remembering we cannot relive yesterday.

Even if it is so, that time and tide wait for no one, we should NOT live in anxiousness, for we are of eternal life, and the season here is but a temporal one, and a fraction of the eternity that we are a part of. Having said that, still it is we are all servants of God, to do what God wants while it is day.

Anthony Chia, high.expressions
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