July 6, 2007
The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.
--1 Peter 4:7
Over the past few days, we have talked about the end times. As you look forward to the return of Christ, I want to give you four attributes that I believe are important for you to exhibit each day.
The first attribute is prayerfulness. Now is the time for sincere prayer. Pray for yourself, your family, and the work of Christ. Make prayer a part of your daily life.
The second attribute is faithfulness. We need to be faithful to Christ and to His church. Make it a habit to be fully engaged in a Bible-teaching church, being faithful to worship, to use your spiritual gifts to serve others, and to encourage other believers around you.
The third attribute is godliness. Don’t be ashamed to live boldly and purely for Christ. Let your light shine each day so that your walk matches your talk.
The fourth attribute is readiness. Jesus Himself told us to be ready and watchful in these days. Lift your eyes up to the Lord daily. Live with the reality that He is coming again!
As long as you’re still here, it’s not too late to live for Christ. Measure your life against these four attributes, and make them a personal priority.
IN THESE CRITICAL DAYS, GOD WANTS US TO BE PRAYERFUL, FAITHFUL, GODLY, AND READY!