Have you heard of a Bucket List? That list of all the things a person wants to do before they die. You know, like in the film with Morgan Freeman? (Yes, one of his many movies!)
Say a whole group of people, with the ability to carry out world-changing actions, knew their time was nearly up - how would that change what they usually did? Say that group was... drum roll... the Church? The same Jesus who spoke God's truth to people in Israel 2,000 years ago speaks the same God's-truth-promise to those of us living as His followers, today and in any age: 'I am coming soon' (Revelation 3:11 NIV). The first Christians really took this seriously. They spread God's goodness with a ferocious energy, as if they'd had it revealed to them specifically.
The truth is, we don't know when Jesus will return and when this life as we know it will be over. We're not supposed to (we're told that the timeframe for His return is something only God knows, and not public knowledge). Which makes every day count. Christians in 2AD, 500AD and 2015AD are all supposed to be asking themselves: Are we ready? Are we living with our eyes open to the fact that Jesus is coming back?
So what now? What differences would you make to your life and those around you? Write your own Bucket List, one inspired by Jesus' return. Pray into it and see how God helps you tick it off. He has made us to be world-changers.
Soulfood : Rev 1-4, Luke 13:1-17, Ps 77, Prov 6: 29