Caught in the ACTS

Nowadays, many apocalyptic movies depicting the end of the world are produced. Since the dawn of this millennium, over 100 of such movies have been produced, raking in several billions of dollars in revenue for the entertainment industry. The question is: How true are these versions of the history of the future? Well, as it is popularly said, “Opinions are like noses and everyone has one.” There is, nonetheless, one sure source of reference that shows us the beginning and the end: the Bible. You may call it God’s opinion on what is to come.

We are living in a day and time which is very dark and chances of many obtaining mercy are reducing by the day. There is very limited time but the opportunity to repent and receive remission of sins is still available to you. Jesus Christ has come into this world a first time as a man to save men from their sins. He will return soon, not to offer salvation but to judge the world. He says, “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” (Matthew 24:42).

To watch means to be alert. Consider for a moment: If Jesus were to return this moment, what would you want Him to come and meet you doing? Your answer to that question should form the basis of your alertness. In other words, let that be your default state. For example, someone may say, “I want to be helping the poor when Jesus comes.” Question: Are you helping the poor right now? You don’t know when He is coming but you are expecting Him soon so why don’t you focus on what He has instructed you to do while you are anticipating His return? You see, many who claim to be expecting Him betray their own words with their lax way of living and doing things. Here are four ACTS the Master should catch you doing when He returns:

Awake to Righteousness
Jesus said, “Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” (Mark 13:35-37).

Copy Jesus
Jesus said, “…Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)

Tell the Gospel to the Untold
Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

Serve in Love
Jesus said, “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me…Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:35-36, 40)

Remember that salvation is not guaranteed by these works, for we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). However, we are created in Christ Jesus unto good works (Ephesians 2:10), and so as you eagerly expect the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, zealously fulfil these acts, for there is a great reward for you: “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” (Revelation 22:12).

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