I’m sure each of us often think of what the future may hold for us. Will we be able to do next month, or next year, what we did or what we are doing now? There is no way anyone can say for sure what will happen tomorrow or next year. “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow” (James 4:14). This verse clearly tells us that we have no idea what will happen tomorrow. “Take no thought for the morrow” (Matt 6:34). Here God tells us not to worry about what will happen in the short term.
On the other hand we can be positively sure of our future if we are a faithful child of God (Rev 2:10). After having been washed by the blood of Christ in baptism (Rev 1:5), we have the promise of an eternal inheritance sealed by God (Eph 1:13,14). God has most generously offered this great gift for the future to all mankind, but with strings attached, as they say. After we have heard God’s great plan for the future, we must believe it (John 20:31), repent and turn from the life we are living (Luke 13:3), confess that Christ is the Son of God (Rom 10:10), be immersed in that watery grave of baptism for the remission of our sins (Acts 2:38), and then live a faithful Christian life until death (II Pet 1:5-11). Just what does God expect of us in this Christian life? God’s commandments are clearly written in his holy word. With a little study anyone can easily understand how one should live. I think the problem is not in understanding what God would have us do, but with simply and honestly doing it.
One other thing we can be positively sure of is that we will all die, unless Jesus returns before that happens. Now He is our hope and salvation, but when the end comes, He will be our judge (Heb 9:27), and will judge each of us of the things we have done while we live upon this earth (II Cor 5:10). After the judgment, we will either inherit a crown of eternal life with God (Rev 2:10), or eternal condemnation, cast out from God into outer darkness for all eternity (Matt 25:30).
Now I would ask you brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors, since God’s truth plainly shows what the future holds, should we not conduct our lives in strict accordance with his holy commandments? Should we not simply do and live as he says, never taking our eyes from his great and perfect promise? May each of us strive for perfection in the short time we have left, before that great and notable day of judgment, when time shall be no more, and we will meet Jesus face to face.
We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00.