Daily Dying

Daily Dying

36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 24:36-51

It’s interesting to see modern day “prophets” tell us that just because we can’t know the day or hours, doesn’t mean we can’t predict the week or month or even year. I scratch my head at their assertions.

Everyone’s so obsessed with finding out the season or year He’s coming that they miss the point of the entire passage. The passage is teaching us to be ready regardless of when it is.

Faithful living, day by day. Not being complacent. Not wasting time on frivolous pursuits.

We’re all guilty of it. We all have the same 24 hours to work, play, and sleep.

It’s actually an interesting problem in modern seemingly contented society. How do you keep motivated when the world is screaming for you to waste time? (Don’t believe me? Stop at one video on Youtube some day. Can’t do it!)

And yet, as the Phillips Craig and Dean song says, “As I hear the Savior call for daily dying….”

Daily dying. Living for Christ means dying daily.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Philippians 2:20

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