Good morning! We as followers of Jesus live in the “already” and the “not yet” when speaking of the Kingdom of God. Through the Church of Jesus Christ, He has established His kingdom here on earth spiritually-speaking. Upon Christ’s return, He will establish His literal and visible Kingdom.
“The day of the Lord” is a theme that plays prominently in the Prophetic Writings. This theme reminds God’s people that (1) this world will not last forever, (2) we have responsibilities as Kingdom people in the meantime. For those who are not among God’s people, they share the reality of the first item mentioned previously: this world will not last forever. Yet, they are called to repent of their sin and brokenness and turn to Christ as their righteousness.
Do you realize that time is short?
Do you know that Christ will return in glory to gather His people?
Do you know that Christ will return in glory to judge those who refused Him?
Do you know, dear Church, that time is short and that we have responsibilities tethered to the Great Commission?
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.The Apostle Paul in Ephesians 5:15-17
Matthew R. Perry, Ph.D. is Lead Pastor of Arapahoe Road Baptist Church, Centennial, CO.