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Making Your Christian Life Count Now

1 Peter 4.7-9
The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.

As all of us look around at our world today, do you see a world that seems to be reeling and shaking from everything that is happening? I believe many deep down are asking the question, “What is going on?”

And why not, right?

For truly there is something going on. There are many speculations today as to what that “thing” is. So, how are Christians to live in this time?

Peter makes a statement at the beginning of verse 7 that is as pointed and clear as anyone can make it as he declares, “The end of all things is at hand.” Now, when Peter wrote this it was roughly 62 or 63 A.D. It seems a little premature to say that phrase now that we are in 2020. Almost two thousand years have passed since Peter wrote that to the churches. So, what was Peter’s point in declaring this phrase?

Perhaps Peter was pointing to the fact that all the major events in God’s redemptive plan had occurred: creation, the fall, the calling of Abraham, the exodus story of the children of Israel out of Egypt, the kingdom of Israel, the exile in Babylon to the return, the birth of Christ, His life, death, burial and resurrection, followed by His ascension into heaven, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to establish the church. All of this led to the great crescendo: the return of Christ with His church. The last great act of the redemptive plan will be complete in the return of Christ at the end of the age.

This is perhaps why Peter can announce that the end of all things is at hand. As believers we need to live out our days being full of self-control and sober-minded so that our prayers are pointed and direct, discerning the times and seasons that we find ourselves in today. The word “sober” carries a connotation of being able to think about and evaluate situations maturely and correctly, resulting in being able to pray deeply to God in a discerning and understanding way.

Above all of this Peter says, “Keep loving one another earnestly.” Hold on to an unfailing love for one another. What a true statement this is. As Christians we should reflect the love of Christ to all of our brothers and sisters who are in the faith. We should treat everyone fairly and with deep love and hospitality for one another. This is our Christian duty in following our Lord Jesus Christ’s example. He showed us how to love one another.

Friends, today I urge you to be sober-minded and ready for prayer as we judge the times and seasons and wait upon the imminent glorious rapture of the church. We are living in the church age for now, but the rapture of the church could be any moment, resulting in the end of the of the church age. So, keep self-controlled, sober-minded, loving and showing hospitality to all making your Christian life count now.

In Christ’s Service,
Cody Ragland
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