1 Corinthians 15:51-52 “Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable and we will be changed.”
I am having a time shortage crisis. It seems that life is just rushing by at 100 miles per hour. There never seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish all that demands to be done.
Ours is probably the only house in the area that still has a pumpkin on the porch and no Christmas decorations up. There are only two weeks left until Christmas and I don’t have any gifts – but who cares because we don’t even have a tree to put them under yet. I am behind at work, there are dishes in the sink and laundry to be done.
These things all seem so important. But often in the hustle and bustle of the busiest season of the year you may find you are missing things that you will never again have the chance to experience.
Tonight I was reminded of this as I entered our small-town grocery store. While rushing in to grab something for dinner a man passed me in the parking lot and said, “Look at the sunset! Just a few minutes ago it was beautiful, but it is already fading away.” Glancing up I took in the vanishing remnants of the pink sky and sighed. With all the rushing around I had not taken the time to enjoy the blush of the setting sun and now I had missed my chance. “What else am I missing as I strive to accomplish all that is on my checklist?” I wondered.
Jesus Christ came to earth as a baby on Christmas. That day came suddenly when most weren’t expecting it. In fact, most people missed this important event. Maybe they were rushing around getting pumpkins off their porch and decorating for their next holiday season. Whatever pressing matters they had on their agendas, the never-ending list caused them to miss the star in the sky and the baby in the manger. The moment passed and they had missed their chance.
There is another day coming in the future when Jesus Christ will return to the earth. That day will also come suddenly, in the twinkling of an eye. Those who have accepted Christ as their Savior and are trusting in Him will be ready. Our temporary bodies will be changed so that they will be perfect and fit for eternity. Death will be conquered and we will live forever in heaven. But what about those who are caught up in the rush of everyday business and have not taken the time to get right with God? What will all the hustle and bustle be worth if they miss the Lord’s return because they were too busy?
There is a time shortage crisis for everyone – it never ends. So in the midst of all that needs to get done, make sure you don’t miss the things that you will never again have a chance to experience. Take time to enjoy a beautiful sunset before it disappears. Speak to a neighbor or friend about God’s plan of salvation. But most importantly make sure you are ready for the Lord’s return. It could happen in the twinkling of an eye!