As I travel from church to church, I am coming to the sad and sobering realization that Christians in America are living in a state of spiritual apathy. We are so preoccupied with this life and self that we are neglecting the fact that there is a life to come. We seem to have forgotten that we will give an account in that life for the works done in this one, whether good or bad.
2 Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
We don’t really believe Jesus is coming soon. We might believe it prophetically speaking, but certainly not practically speaking. If we really believed Jesus’ return was imminent, it would change the way we live today! We would be careful what we watch on television or at the movies, what we say, what we look at on the internet, who we associate with, what we wear, how we treat others, not to mention how we treat God himself.
We think we will have plenty of time later to begin a prayer life, or to read and study the Word of God, or to begin living holy lives, or to witness to our neighbor. Many of us are like the servant who lived foolishly and selfishly because he said in his heart in Luke 12:45, “My lord delayeth his coming”.
I would like to challenge everyone who reads this to stop what you are doing and right now, in this moment, ask yourself if you are living in light of the imminent return of Jesus Christ.
Luke 12:40, “Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.”
1 John 2:28, “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.”