People sometimes say, “what is this world coming to? To an end! If you asked me this question, “Glen are we living in the last days?” I would respond by saying, “I don’t know about the last of the last days, but I do know that you and I are living in our last days on planet earth!”
Does your life make sense in “light of eternity?” If, not you are only existing but not living! In our current study in Philippians called, “A life of Joy” we have been reminded that we will all bow one day and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”
Have you rehearsed those words and perhaps whatever else you would say when you bow before the God of the universe? Doesn’t it make sense to prepare? Having coached basketball for years I always tried to prepare my players for the first game of the season but also for the tournament at the end of the season. If you read the sports page or listen to sporting news then you are keenly aware that we are in the days called, “March Madness.” Today here in San Jose 4 teams will be competing to see which one of them advances to, “The Sweet 16!” Months of preparation have prepared them for this weekend.
Peter, prepares the hearers of his first letter by saying:
“The end of all things is near. Therefore, be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins”
Are you preparing yourself, your children, your grandchildren and your friends for “the last day?” If not, guess what? You are sleeping!
“Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now, salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore, let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.” Rom. 13:11-14
Our passage this Sunday is Philippians 3:7-11. You will be hard pressed to find a place in your Bible that will prepare you like this passage will for, “the final day.”
Until all hear,