When my daughter was in undergrad at Georgia Southern University, a group of students who were doing their nursing internships at the hospital in Savannah, GA were traveling on highway 16. There was congestion on the highway and traffic had come to a halt. A tractor trailer apparently didn’t realize that traffic had stopped so going full steam ahead, he crashed into the stopped car of the young students who were on their way to their internships. None of the students survived the crash.
When we are young, we tend to think that we are indispensable.
In 1 Peter 4, St Peter proclaims: “The end of all things is near, therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers.” Sometimes we think there is plenty of time to develop and build our relationship with our Lord. However, none of us know when the end is coming – the end of this life! We are called every day to treat this day as if it is our last! It is the realization that this life is not about us, but about God and what God wants from us and for us!
St. Peter continues to tell us what we are to do – “Take nothing for granted. Stay awake in prayer. Love each other as if your life depended on it. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless-cheerfully…let it be God’s words, God’s help and God’s bright presence…Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules. Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the Government.” (The Message: 1 Peter 4:7-11).
Today could be our last day. No one knows. How will you begin to live out your life for the sake of Jesus Christ? What could you change today that would reveal the Christ Jesus in your actions?
Let us pray…Gracious God, we do love you so much. We don’t think about how our lives could end at the drop of a hat. Help us to remember that our purpose is for you and for your Word