Peter has some thought provoking and soul-searching statements that we need to consider as we approach the end of this year. The end of the year is not a huge issue, nor are all the world events as critical as what we do with our lives as we “wait for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).
World events have always caused Christians to think the end is near and the Lord will return. Conflict and world wars, natural disasters and those who predict when the end will come, have been distractions from the beginning of the Church. So many forget the Lord’s words; “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only” (Matthew 24:36, see also Mark 13:32).
What should be our attitude? Getting back to Peter, he admonishes us; “The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers” (1 Peter 4:7). The condition of our hearts and minds, and therefore our lives, depends on our communion with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We will only know the work God has for us in these “last days” if we are in active fellowship with Him. This requires a “self-controlled and sober-mind” to avoid distraction by lesser things and other voices. This is for the sake of our prayers.
Remember the words of Jesus; “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27). Are you hearing Him speak through His Word? It has authority and will guide what you do in these last days!
In the next couple of days, we will examine the verses that follow in Peter’s letter. Stay tuned.
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