The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.1 Peter 4:7(NASB)
However young or old a person may be in physical years, the fleeting breath of this brief life is but a drop in the vast ocean of eternity as time tick-tocks away. Though the moon continues to rise, and the sun sets in the western skies, in their ever-circling round, and as spring skips through summer into autumn's golden fall, the end of all things is drawing very close. With every passing year, we are drawing nearer to what Peter calls, the end of everything, when the perfect rule of Christ, will replace this current evil world system.
The end of everything is indeed drawing near and we see the multiplication of evil, the demise of standards and the rejection of God's truth, in a Christ-rejecting sinful world. The time is fast approaching when we must recognise that however old or young a man may be in physical years, we will soon be standing in the presence of the Lord Jesus.
The world as we know it will soon come to an end and the consummation of this evil age is speeding to its final conclusion. How important therefore, to practice self-control, and to keep our minds clear so that we can pray without ceasing and in everything give thanks to our Father in heaven - for this is God's will for all His children.
How we rejoice with exceeding great joy that our citizenship is in heaven. But while on earth we are here for a reason and we are reminded that the conduct of the wise man and the virtuous woman is prudence; wise judgement; clarity of thought, holy living and ceaseless prayer. It is turning the eyes of the heart to Jesus each moment of the day. It is desiring to know Him more, and a yearning to love Him better.
It is a quiet willingness to listen to His voice; a readiness to depend on Him in the difficult circumstances we face in life! It is the practice of self-control, purity of heart, clarity of mind and unceasing prayer and such conduct is reflected in the character of the spiritual man or woman of God - it is found in the heart of the humble man with a teachable spirit, who maintains daily fellowship with his God.
The end of everything is speeding to its final conclusion. How important therefore to practice self-control and keep our minds clear and looking to Jesus. How wise is the one who abides in Christ, rests in His love, prays in spirit and truth, and maintains close communion with God - for the prayers and praises of such a man or woman are powerful, and effective and can move great mountains.
Father I thank You for giving me the understanding that only as I remain in Christ can I practice self-controlled godly conduct, and maintain fellowship with You, for it is only through His righteousness that I can approach Your throne of grace and pray effectively. May Your will be done in my life and reflected in my prayers, in Jesus name, AMEN.