the approaching Day

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And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are  in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  Hebrews 10:24-25

Do you see the Day approaching?  I do too.  It seems, in light of what is happening in the world and in yesterday’s tragedy, that the Day of Jesus’ return is speedily coming.  The question is, do we live with that Day in mind as we carry on with our daily lives, or do we minimally give it thought?

Governor Felix of Caesarea was faced with the truth of God’s Word on righteousness, self-control and judgment when he called for Paul to come and speak to him and his wife Drusilla about faith in Jesus Christ.  At some point in the discussion, the governor became afraid and said, “That’s enough for now, you may leave.  When I find it convenient, I will send for you” (Acts 24:24-25, emphasis added).

I think the topic of the coming judgement is what made Felix uncomfortable.  And simply put, it did not serve his interests at the moment to have to think on the approaching Day.  It was not convenient.

That makes me wonder, do we, in our own little worlds where we have some form of governance, also push aside the truth that one day we will give an account for how we lived our temporary lives?  Do we do as we see fit for our households, allowing the here and now to steer us, or do we aim to esteem that which holds eternal value?  Do we oversee our career responsibilities with a focus on those things that will carry on into the eternal, or do we fix our eyes on what needs to be done to simply get through the day?

The apostle Paul knew the secret to being ready for the approaching Day.  The topic of judgment was always a convenient focus for him.  His secret?  Paul stated it: “So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man” (Acts 24:16).

In the wake of tragedy and in the midst of this sobering season of loss, may we be reminded that our life span is but a vapor in comparison to the eternity that we will spend either in God’s presence or completely separated from Him.  The choice is ours.  He stands at the door and knocks, and to all who open the door to Him, God promises sweet fellowship each and every day that we live for Him.

While we all plan to experience a long and fulfilling life on earth, the truth is, none of us but the Father knows the number of our days here.  We are wise to listen to the instruction Jesus gave his disciples.  Comparing the coming of the bridegroom for the wedding party to His return for His Church, Jesus said, “Keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour” (Matthew 25: 13).

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