A farmer and his wife were asleep one night when the farmer woke up at midnight and heard the old grandfather clock going off. He was startled when the old clock chimed 13 times instead of 12. The farmer had a panicked look on his face as he shook his wife and woke her up. He yelled, “Woman wake up; it is later than it has ever been before!”
That old farmer was right it is later than it has ever been before. The older you get the more you will understand what I wrote in that last sentence. Time seems to fly as we get older. Spring turns into summer and summer quickly passes and before we know it we are “staring at winter”! Therefore time is fleeting and we need to make the most of it. There isn’t anyone on God’s green earth that doesn’t want to make their lives count for something in these last days. And we surely don’t want to waste our lives and the time that we have been given by God on trivial matters.
As we strive to connect with our world and those who surround us we need to examine First Peter 4:7-10. Peter in this section of Scripture gives us great advice. He says,“ But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 9Use hospitality one to another without grudging. 10As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
You all have heard preachers “pound the pulpit” and proclaim that these are the last days. You may have seen pictures of a person standing on the street corner with a sign that said: “The End is Near.” That last statement is completely true; no one knows when that last day, hour, or second that we have on earth is going to arrive therefore brothers and sisters make your life count now!
Now I want you to focus on verse 7 of First Peter chapter 4. One man translated this verse, “Be calm and collected in spirit so that you can be active in prayer.” Therefore, the age-old motto is never more appropriate than today: “Life is fragile, handle with prayer.” This is a good time for us to pray that God would expand our opportunities to be a testimony of His love and grace. Remember, God wants to open the floodgates of heaven and bless our lives. So get ready to receive them and when you do be prepared to give as He has given you. Therefore I say to you today, keep your eyes focused on the Lord! When the winds of trials and tribulation begin to blow against you don’t push the panic button, instead push the prayer button. I leave you with a little refrigerator door wisdom, “When you are feeling as though trials are sweeping you off your feet, get down on your knees!”