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“The end is near!”

How do those words make you feel? Well, if you are like most people, it probably depends on the context. Right now, those words sound glorious to me because I thought of them in reference to the fact that school ends for the year in just 2 days.

Summertime, here we come!!!

As I thought about what those words mean to me right now, it made me consider how they make me feel in a spiritual context. How do I (or you) feel when I think “the end is near” in reference to my earthly life as a whole? James 4:14 tells us that our lives are like a mist or vapor that “appears for a little time and then vanishes.” So, to borrow a phrase, while the days seem long, the years are short.

Does this make me uncomfortable? Or do I have the same attitude as Paul in Philippians 1:21 where he wrote, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Do I look forward to the coming of Christ with expectation and hope? Can I end my prayers the way John ends the book of Revelation: “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus”?

It is my prayer that I can hear the words “the end is near” in reference to my life and be filled with “the peace that passes all understanding” (Phil. 4:7) because “I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me” (2 Timothy 1:12).

I hope you can, too.

“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”–Romans 8:38–39

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