‘Know that it is near, right at the door.’ Matthew 24:33 NIV
Have you heard of a Bucket List? That list of all the things a person wants to do before they die. You know, like in the film with Morgan Freeman (that one film). It’s a bit morbid for a Monday morning, but hold with us.
Say a whole group of people, with the ability to carry out world-changing actions, knew their time was nearly up - how would that change what they did? Say that group was (drum roll) the Church?
The same Jesus who spoke God’s truth to people in Israel two thousand years ago spoke just as much of a God’s-truth-promise to those of us living as His followers, in any age: ‘I am coming soon’ (Revelation 3:11 NIV). The first Christians really took this seriously. They spread God’s goodness, as they’d had it revealed to them, with a ferocious energy.
The truth is, we don’t know when Jesus will return and when this life as we know it will be over. We’re not supposed to (we’re told that the timeframe for His return is something in God’s heart, not public knowledge). Which makes every day count. Christians in 2AD, 500AD and 2014AD are all supposed to be asking themselves: Are we ready? Are we living with an eye open to the fact that Jesus will be back?
What differences would you make to your life and those around you? Write your own (version of a) Bucket List, one inspired by Jesus’ words here, pray into it and cross off those things you are able to do.