We have heard news of destruction, wars and catastrophes, etc. in different sides of the world. These are signs that we are living in the last days.
Ellen White says:
“We are living in the time of the end. The fast-fulfilling signs of the times declare that the coming of Christ is near at hand. The days in which we live are solemn and important. The Spirit of God is gradually but surely being withdrawn from the earth. Plagues and judgments are already falling upon the despisers of the grace of God. The calamities by land and sea, the unsettled state of society, the alarms of war, are portentous. They forecast approaching events of the greatest magnitude. (GT 11:2)
“The agencies of evil are combining their forces and consolidating. They are strengthening for the last great crisis. Great changes are soon to take place in our world, and the final movements will be rapid ones.(GT 11:3)”
As Christians, what kind of life should we live? 1 Peter 4: 7 -11 says:
“But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
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In Pastor Arnold Galvo’s sermon, which is based on the book of Peter, he pointed out 3 important Christian duties to prepare for the end times:
1. Be serious in prayer
As Christians we must be spending time in prayer and be serious about it. And being serious means to be calm despite being clouded with so many things in this world. Often times when we are too busy, our prayers become repetitive and to the point that we tend to forget the importance of prayer. “If we live without prayer we will die without hope.” We must pour our hearts in prayer as we wait for His return not only for ourselves but for others.
2. Love each other deeply
As Christians we must stretch our love to our brothers and sisters. A love that forgives unconditionally and is not selfish. A love that does not intimidate other people. A love that would pray to God to bless others though they have wronged you. It is very clear how Peter wanted to remind us of the “unconditional love” Jesus has for us and we must have the same love as we fervently wait for Jesus to come.
3. Living a life of service
As Christians we are to minister to others and willingly serve others. Serving without grumbling, but with hospitality. Peter mentioned that each of us has been given gifts and we must use it in any way we can to serve others, being the hands and lips of God in spreading the good news of the gospel.
The coming of Christ is at hand and there is no time to waste. God calls his children, in every generation, to live in light of this remarkable truth. We are living in the last days and we need to live our lives focusing on Jesus.