Sunday, January 25, 2015

Giving the Best Everyday

Scripture Texts: Genesis 19; Luke 17: 28-36; 2 Peter 2:6-9

For most of the people in Sodom and Gomorrah it was a day like any other day. They were going about their day and doing the things they had always done. Then the fire and brimstone came raining down destroying the cities and all that was in it.

Later in the Gospel of Luke we learn from Jesus that there will come another day like that. A day when people are going about business as usual and then all of a sudden the Day of Judgement will be upon us. Over the years many people have offered predictions about when the world would end, and so far they have all been wrong. Jesus is clear in other places of Scripture that the only one who knows the day and time is God the Father.

So why even talk about it? We do not know when it is going to happen but we know that at some point it will happen. Further we know that it will be an all of a sudden kind of thing. It could be tomorrow for all we know. This is not meant to get us all preoccupied with predicting the day, rather it is meant to invite us to live our lives today like this could be the last day. Not that we need to complete our bucket list today but that we need to make sure we are living the life that God has called us to live. The life that Christ died and rose from the grave to give us. We should give our best everyday to being the people of God.

This might seem relentless as tomorrow is always coming. It is relentless, you do not get to take a break from living this life. Likewise we do not get to take a break from being married. There is not an option to take a timeout or a day off. So, everyday we are to give our very best to our marriage. To honor God and our spouse in a way that if the Day of Judgement comes tomorrow we are prepared by the way we have lived. To get the most out of our marriage we must give ourselves completely and totally to the marriage. This means that we are willing to lose our lives that we might gain all that God has for us.

This is no easy task and takes practice, patience and mountains of forgiveness. It might seem like we have time to wait to give ourselves to the work of God and to our marriage, however we do not know how much time we have. So, let us give ourselves completely today, and when tomorrow comes do it again.

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