Just the other day, I was driving through town to the grocery store and said to myself, “Hmm, what if I die right now or Jesus comes right at this moment?” I pondered deeply on whether I would be ready or not, then I quickly reassured myself by saying, “Bev: Girl! You’re ready!” Nonetheless, I could not help but think about my family and others who are not ready for Jesus’ return.
Life can seem so predictable when you know that the sun sets at 6 pm and rises again at 7 am. Many of us live life day by day, watching the time go by the same way since the beginning. We witness a new day, a new month, and of course, a new year rolled in like clockwork. Some believe that they have all the time in the world and some people just don’t care. What we fail to realize is that even if Jesus does not return for another thousand years, life on this earth is not guaranteed. No human being will live on this earth forever. We all have to physically die someday. Seeing as none of us know when that day will come, we cannot afford to waste time.
As a disciple of Jesus, I have mentally told myself to understand that every day is a day that satan plots to kill me. Being a follower of Jesus whose passion is to bring people into God’s kingdom can cause great problems for the enemy and his evil plans. I believe his ultimate goal is to kill me at any opportunity. I’m acutely aware that I’ve become one of his targets. Satan hates who I represent and wants to take me out.
I also understand that my Lord and Savior protects me. Therefore, I choose to live my life at the feet of Jesus, totally submitted to His will daily. I have made a decision to live my life the way I was supposed to live from the beginning, and that is to serve the Lord God, our Father. So at this point if I die or if Jesus comes back right now, I know where I’m going, and I know that I have not wasted or taken my time for granted.
Many of us choose to focus on everything but to serve God’s kingdom. Some want to focus on their careers and their wealth, while some opt to concentrate on their family. Others tend to focus on anything else but God’s kingdom. These things hold no eternal reward. While we may be successful with such endeavors, they will not guarantee the salvation of our soul. “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?” (Matthew 15:26).
Sometimes I feel as if we’re so distracted! Even though we know God, we choose to put Him on the back burner until we feel the time is right. So many people have fallen into this demonic trap because satan knows that we’re waiting for the “right time,” and if he can get us before we can ever get to that “right time,” it will be too late. If Jesus comes today and we are not ready, it will be too late! We would have wasted our time, and possibly lost our soul. What is it worth? I believe there is no amount of money and no amount of fame worth the price of our soul.
Now, there are people who don’t necessarily chase money or success: These people just want to live their lives careless of what comes tomorrow. Free spirited people who only partake in “good vibes.” This does not guarantee the promise of everlasting life. It may be a carefree life, and it may be a life full of all types of positive vibes, but it will not be able to get you into the Kingdom of Heaven. So why waste your time? There is no bigger reward than living forever in the Kingdom of God. It is the ultimate promise, and it is real hope.
For those who acknowledge that this hope in Christ exists, why waste your time putting something as amazing and beautiful as eternal life in God’s kingdom to the back burner and allowing money and things that you cannot take with you become your life’s priority. When you think about it, does it make sense? Jesus made it clear, “Do not worry about everyday life-whether you have enough food to eat or drink or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food and your body more than clothing”, (Matthew 6:25) Jesus stated this so people could understand that life is bigger than the things we may want. There is more than just “stuff” in this life. The Kingdom of God is at hand!
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 2 Peter 3:9-10 NKJV