You are watching the movie. The scene is intense. You are waiting for the something climactic to happen. Then, so as not to disappoint the viewers, the characters stumble upon a ticking agent. On it, there is a clock whose time is counting down indicating when it reaches zero, something big is going to happen. Time will be up.
We love those moments when the story keeps us on the edge of our seats. When it makes us stayed glued to it in anticipation of what the characters are going to do now, or what’s going to happen in the end when the signal comes that there is no more opportunity to avert the crisis. Danger is imminent. The time of warning is over and the cataclysmic event starts now!
While it might be fun to watch on the screen as the suspense builds and the action unfolds, there is a very real countdown coming and once it reaches its end we must ask, “What will you do?”
The problem is so many are unprepared for what the end will bring.
Jeremiah had to confront the people with this line of questioning in his prophesying. The Lord used Jeremiah to let the people know about the wickedness He sees in the land. But, He also uses Jeremiah to confront false prophets who prophesy lies and love tickling the ears of the people and the people who give ear to it. In Jeremiah 5:30-31, he writes, “A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will you do in the end thereof?”
With wickedness pervading the land the people needed a good, healthy dose of Holy Ghost truth spoken into their lives and not messages that sugar coat their wrongs and make them believe that they are still okay and that God is still going to bless them. Because there is an end coming and what is it going to profit them if they have not learned to live holy, if they have not learned to repent, if they have not learned that there is a right way before God to live but they are not there yet.
Yes, we have the promise of heaven before us if we are living lives of righteous faith before God but on the other end of the spectrum, there is a very real, horrible place called hell. It is a place for judgment and punishment that will never see an end.
Too many are unprepared for an eternal future in one place or the other because they are not taught to be ready anymore. They are not taught that tomorrow is not promised, they could step into eternity at any moment. They are not taught that holiness matters and that God requires holiness for He said, “Be ye holy; for I am holy,” (1 Peter 1:16).
Instead, there is a lot of tickling of the ears. Messages that continually show us how to prosper here and tell us that we are next in line here even though this earth is not our final home. While I enjoy a good message of blessing myself, I and everyone else also need to know how to prosper and push for the eternal goal of heaven. Without it, what will you do in the end?
In that time to come, how will you be prepared for the reality of what lays up ahead?
“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein . . .” (Jeremiah 6:16a). When you do that, when you seek the proven path of God’s word and choose to live by it then we have this promise for our end, “ye shall find rest for your souls,” (Jeremiah 6:16b).
Sadly, many choose not to listen for the rest of that verse tells us, “But they said, We will not walk therein,” (Jeremiah 6:16c). They made the decision for their eternity.
The way forward into eternity with God is through the old proven path of His sound Word. God relayed through Jeremiah that when He delivered His people He instructed them to “Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you,” (Jeremiah 7:24). But, the truth became clear: “But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward,” (Jeremiah 7:25).
They chose a backward mentality after the things that wouldn’t profit them in the end.
Daily we find ourselves running against the clock to get this done and that done. May we all take heed that there is a spiritual clock we are racing against, and one day it will read “Time’s up!” What will you do in the end? A very real question that will one day require a very real answer.