"The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.  Be hospitable to one another without complaint.  As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God" ( Peter 4:7-10, NASB)

Devotion 10 of  10


Everything is coming to its appointed conclusion! "The end of all things is at hand!" The impact of this upon our lives will be unmistakably strong. Let the Word of God speak to your heart as you contemplate "the end of all things." 


You have brothers and sisters in Christ who, like yourself, are not yet perfected. Things that deter them are coming to an end, just like things that hinder you. In view of this situation, the Spirit admonishes us, "Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near" (Phil 4:5 NASB).  Considering the soon return of the Lord, and the imminent "end of all things," we cannot afford to be harsh and inconsiderate! As it is written, "with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love" (Eph 4:2, NASB). Live in view of "the end of all things!" That blessed view will constrain you to bear "with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you" (Col 3:13, NASB).


The practicality of this knowledge is arresting. It will constrain us to be patient and have strong hearts! If you are tempted to complain against your brothers and sisters, the recollection of the imminence of Christ's return will cause us to conduct yourself properly. "You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not complain, brethren, against one another, that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door" (James 5:8-9 NASB). The clear implication is that due consideration of "the end of all things" produces acceptable conduct toward our brothers and sisters in Christ! Consciously standing in the shadow of a returning Lord, and the "end of all things," makes for sobriety and self control. Those who choose to ignore this central and stabilizing reality will eventually be overcome by the world.


Some questions do not need to be discussed or pondered: to ask them is to answer them! If the Lord is coming, and if that coming will result in the "end of all things," there is no question about how we should live. Hear Peter's challenging conclusion. "The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness" (2 Pet 3:9-11 NASB). This is obvious to faith. The stronger one's faith, the more obvious this truth becomes.

PRAYER POINT: Father, in the name of Jesus, I thank You for declaring the coming of Your Son. Now I ask for grace to prepare for that day.

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