Saturday, February 25, 2023
The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.
We live differently from those around us when we know a deadline is drawing near. That deadline could be a school research paper, a mid-term project, a business deal we need to close, or a needed conversation with a friend who is moving or dying. Deadlines can sharpen our focus, clarify what is essential, and act with urgency.
The great leaders and teachers of the early church wanted Jesus' disciples to live each day, each moment, each encounter with another person, with holy urgency.  Peter emphasized that our holy urgency should display godliness in all sorts of relationships:
As a child of God, the Father has called us to welcome others and share what the Father has entrusted to us.  What we have is not ours to have for our own. God blessed us with them to help others know His grace.  Living with a sense of urgency should transform us from hoarders to sharers.  Conversion isn't just a change to faith in Jesus; it is also a daily commitment to the lifestyle Jesus — to sharing and providing, just as Jesus did!  As Peter reminds us, there is no more urgent moment to bless others than now because Jesus' return is near!
Father, I do not know when my time on the planet will be over. I certainly don't know the exact day, hour, or moment when Jesus will return. However, dear Father, I want to live with urgency, knowing that many around me are running out of time and opportunity to come to Jesus. I know that as a disciple of Jesus, the world needs to be able to look at me and know I have been with Jesus.* I want my life, and especially my genuine generosity, to make the truth of Jesus attractive and demonstrate that my love for others is genuine. Help me live toward those who don't know Jesus with loving urgency, knowing that today is the day of salvation and Jesus' return is moving ever-nearer.^ O, Holy Spirit, please help me live with a sense of holy urgency. In Jesus' mighty name, I pray. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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