I love it when I answer the phone and the voice on the other end is my friend who brings questions. She is a verbal processor, always in big picture mode, and her enormous heart leads the way. I am a slow, internal processor and my friend’s questions have a way of jolting me out of my brittle, little world.
One Thursday morning five weeks into Maine’s Stay Healthy at Home order, the question was, “Do you think we’re in the end times?” The question really didn’t catch me off guard this time, because social media is inviting us to ponder everything from conspiracy theories to alien invasions, so I said the first thing that entered my head:
“What would you be doing differently today if this is a sign of the end times?”
From a strictly theological perspective, we entered “end times” with Jesus’s death and resurrection. Even a casual reading of the New Testament reveals that believers have been talking about and waiting for “end times” now for two thousand years. Paul even gave his young pastoral apprentice Timothy some signs to watch for:
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.
(2 Timothy 3:1-5)
By the parameters of this list, I’d say we’re well on our way into end times and have been for my entire life!
And so the real question today is the one that floated to the surface with my friend:
How does an awareness of the end of all things change your life today?
If you knew your time was limited, what habits would you break?
What relationships would you strengthen or repair?
What words would you say–or not say?
The point is this: Whether we have ten minutes, ten years, or ten thousand years remaining on this planet, let’s not waste them! God will meet your weakest resolve for good with all the riches of his grace. Let’s open our lives to that great power for good!
Trusting for Grace,
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