Living Like There is No Tomorrow

Living Like There is No Tomorrow

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What would you do if you knew that today was the last day of your life?

How about the last day before the end of the world?

Would your priorities change?

Would the things that are important to you now be as important?

As I shared on Sunday,

This is the thinking behind passages in the Scriptures that seem “apocalyptic.”

In our culture, when we talk about apocalyptic things,

It is in reference to a catastrophe or the end of the world.

But as I mentioned on Sunday, the word means “a revelation.”

Something being revealed.

Exposed.

Had light brought onto it.

Illuminated.

And the revelation has a purpose.

To bring about a change.

In the reading from Jonah,

God has a revelation for the Ninevites.

You will be overthrown because of your wickedness.

Now, if you were a Ninevite,

What would you do?

They repented.

The revelation that destruction was coming

Brought about a reflection on their lives and they repented.

To which God repented and did not bring destruction.

Something was revealed.

It was seen and heard.

An action was taken.

Same thing in the Gospel reading.

Jesus revealed He wanted Simon, Andrew, James and John to be His followers.

“Follow me and I will make you fishers of people.”

So they left what they were doing.

The brothers Zebedee left their own father.

And they followed.

Something was revealed.

It was seen and heard.

An action was taken.

The 1 Corinthians passage from Sunday is a little harder to see in this light.

But it is saying the same thing.

“I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.”  1 Corinthians 7:29-31

Even though you have a wife,

Act like you don’t.

Even though you are in mourning,

Act like you have no reason to mourn.

Even though you are rejoicing,

Act like you have no reason to rejoice.

Even though you are in the markets,

Act as though you have nothing you need there.

Even though you have business to tend to,

Act like you have never had business dealings.

This world is coming to an end.

Sounds apocalyptic, doesn’t it?

It is apocalyptic.

That is, it is a revelation.

A revelation of the truth.

That this world and all that is in it is passing away.

Not today.

And probably not tomorrow.

But someday it will.

I have said this before.

In 50 years from now, no one will know who I am.

(Aside from my kids and their kids)

I will have lived and died.

Served the Church in a way that I thought best.

Loved God with all of what I could muster.

Invested in those around me.

And died.

Now, that’s not morbid.

It’s the truth.

A revelation.

Paul is trying to remind the Corinthians of the fleeting nature of life,

And address the concerns he has for them.

“Your lives are a mess.”

“Time to get things in order.”

“The things you think are important are not.”

“So do something that shows that you understand it.”

Jesus shared a parable that echoes these thoughts,

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:13-21

This parable was, like Paul’s warnings to the Corinthians, a revelation.

And it was meant to provoke.

So that as something was revealed,

It would be seen and heard

And an action would be taken.

This is true for us to.

We are called to this.

Called to be different.

Not just to be different,

But called to be salt and light.

The hands and feet of Jesus.

The manifestation of hope in the midst of a world that is perishing.

So, do we see this life for what it is?

Do we see this world for what it is?

Do we understand our calling to be ministers of God’s grace and mercy?

And do we have:

Eyes to see.

Ears to hear.

And hearts that are willing to obey.

Blessings,

brad+

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