Always Be Ready
Well, here we are, a brand new year, 2013. We are not supposed to be here according to some wag. December 21, 2012, it was supposed to be all over. But we’ve heard these stories before, haven’t we?
I don’t know why it is that some people are so foolish as to claim to know something that even Jesus, the Son of God, said it wasn’t His to know.
In Matthew 24:36, we read Jesus’ words, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son but My Father only.”
Jesus’ words were in response to questions from His disciples as to when the end of the age would be.
The problem with all these presumptions is the danger that comes to us when nothing happens. People get to the place of ignoring anything that is said about the world coming to an end.
And that is a danger because it will come to an end some day when God, who created it all, determines that it is time.
Sinful humanity will one day be judged, Satan will be bound and God will make all things new where there will be no sin, no sickness, no dying.
That’s the promise of God.
Of course, those who have believed on His Son for the forgiveness of sin need not fear, we will be with God in His glorious kingdom.
Maybe you are thinking, “I’ve heard all of this foolishness before.”
May I encourage you to take a few moments to read 2Peter 3:1-16 and know that God knows. Back to Matthew 24, Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my word will by no means pass away.”
I don’t know when the world as we know it will come to an end, and I don’t worry about it either. My hope is in Jesus Christ who tells me if I believe on Him that is, if I come to Him confessing my sins and trusting in Him to cleanse me from all sin, which He promises to do, that I need not worry about what happens in this life because He has gone back to His Father in Heaven to prepare a place for me and he will come again for me that I may be where He is, John 14:1-3.
That can also be true for you, for everyone. All you have to do is confess your sins, turn from your old ways of living to satisfy self and follow Jesus. I trust you will make that choice and believe in God, who knows all things.
For the past number of years, I have truly enjoyed writing this Perspectives Column as Pastor at the Morrisburg Pentecostal Tabernacle. Although, as of December 30, 2012, I have retired from full time pastoral ministry I will continue to do so, along with other members of our clergy here in South Dundas.
I wish God’s blessing on you and your families.
Maybe we’ll see each other around, as I do have eight good reasons to be around here.
God bless each of you for your kind words over the years. You will not soon be forgotten.
Rev. Duncan Perry,
Editor’s Note: All of us here at The Leader wish Rev. Perry all the best in his retirement years, and, yes, we look forward to seeing him out and about in the community.
We thank Rev. Perry for his many years of penning a Perspectives column and look forward to his continued efforts. We also welcome interim Pentecostal pastor, Rev. Lorna Casselman who will be joining our Perspectives Column writers.