How Do We Prepare To Leave?

Q. You’ve said, “The signs pointing to the End of the Age are appearing all around us. This is not happening so that we can hunker down and prepare for the storm. It’s happening so we can begin making preparations for our departure. Whether it’s several months or several years is immaterial. The sooner we act the better prepared we’ll be.” What preparations should we be making?

A. Paul said we should not fix our eyes on what is seen, which is temporary, but on what is unseen, which is eternal (2 Cor. 4:18). He meant we should stay focused on our life to come instead of allowing ourselves to become preoccupied with this one.

In 1 Cor. 3:10-15 Paul said that when we get to heaven some believers will be rewarded for things they’ve done during their lives as believers on Earth that brought honor and glory to the Lord. We should use the time we have to make sure our lives glorify Him.

Matt. 6:19-21 says that we shouldn’t store up treasure on Earth, but to store up treasure in heaven instead. This means using our resources in a way that reflects our gratitude for being saved by giving generously to those in need and helping those who can’t help themselves.

And we’re not supposed to worry about what’s happening to the world around us. Instead we should focus on seeking God’s Kingdom and His righteousness. If we do that, He’s promised to take care of our needs. (Matt. 6:31-34).

By the way this is good advice for Christian living no matter how far away the End of the Age might be. After all, the Lord gave it to us 2,000 years ago.

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