The shortness of time
We must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day; night comes when no one can work. (John 9:4)
The writers of the New Testament nearly all had the same message i.e. that we are in the last days and that the time is very short: -
Romans 13:11/12 -You know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep.
1 Corinthians 7:29 - the appointed time has grown very short.
1 John 2: 18 - Children it is the last hour.
1 Peter 4:7 -The end of all things is at hand
If the time was short then, how much more now when we are surely in the last of the last days. Yet many of us do not have this sense of urgency in our hearts, but are living our lives as though we are going to continue on this planet forever. I do believe that we are living in perilous days and we do need to be concerned over the way things are in our country and in the West generally. I often wonder if there really is much difference between what went on in Sodom and Gomorrah and what goes on in our country today. There is, therefore, no reason for complacency in our lives, we really need to act in the spirit of Romans 13/11 (quoted above). The need is to rouse ourselves, to wake from sleep and re-engage in our spiritual walk with the Lord, and commit ourselves to God's service in a way in which we have never done before. The time is short and we don't know how much time we have left, but whilst it is still daytime we need to focus our hearts on God's will for our life and engage in what work he has for us. If we don't the day may well arrive when it is too late, the night has come and the opportunity has been lost. As Paul wrote to the Hebrews 12:1 "let us lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely and let us with perseverance run the race which is set before us, looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. " Jesus continually exhorted his disciples to be ready, because, he said, "the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect" (Mathew 24:44). In the parable of the ten virgins (Mathew 25:1), the five foolish virgins had no supply of oil with them for their lamps, and when the time came when they needed the oil, their lamps went out, they were not ready for the coming of the bridegroom, and they missed their opportunity. In Luke 12:35 Jesus said to his disciples, "let your loins be girded and your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. V40. You also must be ready for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour." The above exhortation should be enough for each one of us to rouse ourselves from lethargy, and to gird ourselves for the Master's service whilst it is day, and to let our lives shine for His glory. This is in order that when he comes he will find us ready and we will not shrink from him in shame at His coming. (1 John 2:28).