In a few hours it will all be over – another year will be in the history books. Life is filled with endings. Some endings are logical, like the end of a class period or the end of the work day. Then there are other endings that are more arbitrary in nature. There’s nothing really significant about them, they just happen. The end of a movie or the end of a conversation is like that. They simply stop.
The day that marks the end of a year is one of the more celebrated endings in life but in reality it isn’t significantly different from any other day of the year. It simply marks the passing of one year into another. Some of you have seen the passing of year into year more often than you want to admit and it’s become old hat to you – predictable, uninteresting.
But what if tomorrow really was the end? What if you knew that at the stroke of midnight on December 31st everything that you know would simply stop? This is it. This is THE END. How would that affect you? What would you do differently?
I imagine that if you knew that tomorrow was the end with a capital E, you wouldn’t waste your time counting down until the ball drops (you have to be an American to understand). I rather imagine that the mood would be much more somber.
Of course we know as Christians that there will be an end. The gospel writer Matthew mentions the end of the age (Matthew 13:49), that the end is not yet (Matthew 24:6), and that the end will come (Matthew 24:14). There will definitely be an end.
The problem is that we don’t live as if the end is coming – in the next week or even in our lifetime if we were honest with ourselves. We just go on living as if THE END won’t happen; as if it won’t have any effect on our lives. We acknowledge that there will be an end . . . maybe . . . someday . . . not sure when . . . but certainly not soon. Don’t be concerned.
But God wants us to be concerned about THE END. Peter writes the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful (1 Peter 4:7). Let me put it into the vernacular for you – Hey, it’s coming! The end that is. So start acting like it’s coming. God wants us to live differently based on the fact that there will be an end – and we don’t know when it will be. It’s not our job to determine when the end will be, it’s our job to be living as if the end will be – soon.
So let me ask you again, What would you do differently if tomorrow wasn’t just the end of another year but THE END?
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