Living the “Now” with the “End” in Mind

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READ: Matthew 24:1-14

“And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” (v. 13)

When we look at an epitaph, we see two dates.  The first is when a person was born, while the other is the date of one’ death. We often neglect, however, the short dash that exists between these two. The dash represents one’s life experiences and everything that comes along with it – the pain, the victories and the list goes on.  When you reflect on it a little more, and it would make the living breathing person ask: How’s my life? How am I living it? Where is my life headed to? What is really happening in my life?

The disciples inquired of Jesus about the things to come, and their dear Rabbi brought a heart-wrenching, faith-stretching news. Jesus shared about the birth pains that will occur before His return – wars, calamities, rise of false teachers, tribulation, and struggling with people who will continually reject the Gospel. Yet, when we look at vv. 13-14, we know there will always be hope for us who endure.

What, then, should we do with our own “dashes” in life? While we live and breathe, we press on in this race that the Lord has laid before us. The Lord began a good work in us and He will finish what He has started. We may suffer at the present, but Christ is our blessed hope. We may tremble today, but Jesus has been calling us to take heart for He has overcome the world!

  • For personal reflection, ask these questions: How’s my life? How am I living it? Where is my life headed to? What is really happening in my life?
  • While we anticipate Jesus Christ’s return, what are we doing at the present that contributes to our growth in our walk with Him? What areas do I need to improve on? Write some steps on your personal journal that we can take so we can grow deeper in our relationship with our Lord.
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