On Sunday, and evangelist from a mission we support gave an example that really rocked us to our core: he had a church member time him for a minute, and in that time, he talked about a clock his grandfather gave him (and how watches and clocks are made), and when time was up, said “in that minute you heard me talk about clocks and watches, one hundred people died, eighty five of whom never new who Jesus was. Even as you read this, some are taking that expected journey, some are shocked to find they are dead, every one of them will meet God. I say all of this because we take this moment for granted. This is the only moment we’re given, and we’re not promised it, or any more than this. Some of us meet our ends suddenly and unexpectedly, others of us, it takes times, and seems like it may never come. All of us will meet God.
One hundred people died in the minute it took you read that (if it was a minute), eighty five of whom never knew Christ. These might not be people you know, but what are you doing with the time God gives you now? How many of your family, friends, and even enemies know you’re a follower of Christ? How many of them have heard you invite them to come to know Christ and share the Gospel (that Jesus died for their sins and rose again conquering death)? We have to make the best use of our time, as scripture says, for the days are evil. Every one of us has had that call that someone unexpectedly met with God today, and many of us have wondered if they knew Jesus or not. I don’t want to be a person who sits and wonders. I want to share the Gospel everywhere, even if it’s rejected. We’re given precious little time, let us make the most of it.
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.