Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. – Matthew 7:21
21 Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.
22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’
23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’
FOMO, fear of missing out, is a state of mental or emotional strain caused by the concern that an opportunity will be missed. It is the pang we feel in our stomach when we are concerned that some favorable circumstance will pass us by and be forever lost.
FOMO occurs frequently in the realm of investments such as stocks, precious metals, real estate, startups, and the like. But any assets in this present world yield only short-term gains. What generates returns that are residual and provide long-lasting benefits? Do any earthly assets offer never-ending rewards?
If eternal rewards are possible, missing out on them would be an enormous risk. When this is apprehended and fully understood, the results could be emotionally crippling. The potential fear and dread would be off the charts. The Bible explains what is at risk in simple terms: eternal separation from the Father.
Eternal separation from the Father is the last link in a chain of bad personal decisions. People choose doubt and unbelief rather than faith and confidence. People choose sin rather than surrender. A chain reaction is set in motion. We choose sin and sin leads to death, death to the Father. And death to the Father, leads to eternal separation from Him.
When the stock market crashed in 1929, it led to the Great Depression. How great will be the depression for those who are faithless, crash and burn? Sadly, many of the faithless masquerade as faithful. Wearing a mask, never fools the Father. He knows each of those who are His children, and those who are not.
But the Father has provided a solution. Redemption through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?
56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power.
57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
REFLECT & PRAY
The time of cold unloving hearts, has exploded all around us. We need to stand firm. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good (Romans 12:9).
Father in so many ways I have missed out on so much. Thank You for securing my place in Your eternal home.
2 Timothy 3:1 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times.
The rough, turbulent times in which we live are escalating. The entire world groans and is caught in a downward cycle. These are truly difficult and troubling times. Thanks to modern media, horrific events are captured and streamed to our digital devices. We view the violence and horror with our own eyes. It is often unbelievably barbaric, cruel, and savage.
The Greek word translated difficult, perilous, or terrible is chalepos. This term runs the gamut of awful and fearful connotations: violent, savage, dangerous, troublesome, hard, difficult, fierce, perilous times, or times of stress.
The last days are a time of violence and danger, an ugly time, which threatens the existential existence of humanity. Things will become so bad, that people would hardly believe what is happening. Difficult includes the idea of menace and of danger. In the last days, savage opposition will menace the very existence of the Christian Church and goodness itself. Evil will launch a final tremendous assault before its ultimate defeat. (Barclay).
What would a lawless and godless world be like? What are the ghastly, savage, terrible characteristics of those who embrace it?
There are 19 specific characteristics outlined for the worst of the lot: they will love only themselves and their money, braggarts, arrogant, lovers of self, disobedient to their parents, thankless, they will consider nothing sacred, without human affection, implacable in hatred, reveling in slander, uncontrollable in their passions, savage, not knowing what the love of good is, treacherous, reckless, inflated with pride, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly (Barclay and NLT, 2 Timothy 3:2-5).
Paul provided us a snapshot of the last days. Is the future now?
If so, it is a loud and clear wake up call. FOMO, fear of missing out, may become overwhelming. Even the Father’s children may be gripped by distress. If a heaven bound train makes a pickup anywhere nearby, make every effort to take it. The Lord Jesus Christ stands at the door and knocks (Revelation 3:20). He alone knows the way and offers certain and safe passage (John 14:6).
A time is coming when the Father will have a climactic collision with evil itself. In the end, He will triumph.