I recently heard a public service announcement which seemed completely irrelevant at the time. The sun was shining, temps were in the 60s, but the PSA advised putting together a survival kit of blankets, granola bars, water, and flashlights to keep in the car in case of a winter emergency. Who wants to think of winter when you don’t even need a light jacket? Maybe it won’t come this year….Yet no matter how we might try to deny it out of existence, winter with its cold, snow, and ice will come. Now is the time to get ready before you find yourself stranded in a snowy ditch in the middle of nowhere.
When the weather is unseasonably warm and life is going along in a predictable, comfortable routine, it’s easy to forget that the entire present world will end. The One who scattered the stars in the sky by saying, “Let there be!” will one day command, “Let there not be!” “All the stars in the sky will be dissolved and the heavens rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree” (Is. 34:4). No matter how many people deny it, the last day will surely come. Now is not the time to ignore it, but to prepare. “Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2).
Let’s take full advantage of every opportunity while the sun is shining to come to the Lord in repentance for our sin, and then find joy and security in his promise of full and free forgiveness won by his sacrifice on the cross. One day will be the last day. May we be ready every day!
Yours in Christ,
The Sunday service begins at 9:00 a.m. The children will be singing in the service. Sunday school and Bible class follow the service. The adult Bible class will be discussing Gospel Opportunities in a Post-Christian Society.