Saturday, May 22, 2010

Therefore... pray

Last weekend our pastor gave a message at church called "The End is Near" based on 1 Peter 4:7-11. Here's what I took away from it.

Verse 7—"The end of all things is near. Therefore..."

Therefore, what???

This verse was written about 2,000 years ago, and the end was near then.... so here in the year 2010 the end is likely even nearer now! (Especially when you look at world events.) What would you do if you only had 30 days to live? Or 100 days to live? Eat all the desserts you want? Take a vacation? Buy that $200 pair of shoes you've been eyeing? Share the Gospel with someone on your heart? Make amends for a broken relationship? Wrap up some other loose ends?

Pastor joked about his devotion to his ever-important "to-do" lists, and how his wife calls him a human doing instead of a human being.

But according to verse 7—therefore..."be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray."

Thought: *Do you believe more can be done by praying than doing??*

Verse 8—therefore..."love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins."

Verse 9—therefore..."offer hospitality to one another without grumbling."

Verses 10,11—therefore..."each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms..."

Pretty convicting, eh? I thought so... especially the part about praying vs. doing.


Irritable Mother said...

Ah, Sara, my thought as I contemplate your question? If I knew I only had 30 or 100 days to live - the desserts, the vacation, the shoes - they really wouldn't matter.
So why am I concerned about them now???
Thanks for provoking my thoughts tonight.

Sara K. said...

Karen - I know exactly what you mean!!

luvmy4sons said...

Oh...if the end is near...let my loved ones know how much they truly mean to me. It is important to live with our eyes on the eternal not the temporal that does not least. Great thoughts! Blessings!