I have to confess that I am a bit more than surprised how much attention is being paid — both by the media and just regular folks — to the “rapture on May 21, 2011” prediction. I don’t actually know anyone who thinks the rapture will happen tomorrow, but they do seem intrigued by the whole question of end-times.
- Keep short accounts with other people and with God. Confess sin, seek forgiveness, and as much as it is possible, live at peace with each other.
- Make your relationship with God a priority — don’t put it off.
- Invest in what will count for eternity: relationships. Money, titles, luxury cars, big houses, prestige — these things don’t ultimately matter very much.
- Prepare for eternity. In many respects, this life is preparation for the next. So prepare well by living out your primary purposes well: worship, community, discipleship, ministry and mission.
- Gain a long term perspective on what matters: justice, people, relationships.
- Make your relationship with God a priority — eternity is a long time… we need to get the big things right.
- Be part of God’s ongoing plan to bring forth his Kingdom, build His church, and push back the gates of Hell.
- Invest in big God-honoring visions. Give your life to something that matters.
- Work well, live well, love well. St. Paul has to remind the Thessalonian church the importance of working, being good citizens, etc. They thought Jesus would return at any moment and had stopped doing the basic things of life because of that. Paul tells them to essentially get a job, earn money, take care of their families, and to live life well. This is good advice.