“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven.” – 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.’”
FOMO, Fear Of Missing Out, is a state of mental or emotional tension experienced because of concern that a window opportunity will be missed. It is that pang we feel in our stomachs when we are anxious that a favorable set of circumstances will slip through our fingers and be forever lost. Simply stated FOMO is the fear of not being included.
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 residual returns that provide long-lasting benefits? Do any earthly assets offer never-ending rewards? Of course not.
Can investments be made that result in long-term gains which last forever?
1 Timothy 4:8 Godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
The prospect of eternal joy in the presence of the Father is the clear expectation of every child of the King (Psalms 16:11). The prospect of missing out would be almost inconceivable.
John 10:29 No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.
By faith, we are confident that it could never happen but suppose for a moment that it could. The possibility of eternal separation from the Father would be emotionally crippling. FOMO would be off the charts. What would people who are not children of the King experience?
Eternal separation from the Father is the final 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. When sin is chosen it leads to death, death to the Father. 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 the depression and anxiety be for those who are faithless? Sadly, many of the faithless masquerade as faithful. Wearing a disguise never fools the Father. He knows each of those who are His children, and those who are not.
The reality of coming judgment is fixed. Many who think that they are safe and secure in the Father’s forever family are sorely misguided. They are fooled by their own disguise. Unfortunately, many will not become aware of this until they have a face-to-face encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:21-23).
But they can avoid missing out. The Father has provided a solution to avoid eternal separation for any who will take it. Redemption has been provided 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 outbreak of cold, unloving hearts has exploded in the 21st century. We need to stand firm. Hate what is wrong and 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.
The Greek word translated difficult, perilous, or terrible is chalepos. In the New Testament, chalepos is used only twice. In Matthew 8:28 this term describes the vicious ferocity of two demoniacs from the country of the Gadarenes. 2 Timothy 3:1 describes the Zeitgeist, the character and essence of the age which marks the last days. The days will be so horrendous. They are going to be difficult to endure, troublesome, dangerous, harsh, fierce, and savage.
2 Timothy 3:1-4 showcases “one of the most terrible pictures in the New Testament of what a godless world would be like, with the terrible qualities of godlessness set out in a ghastly list” (Barclay).
The last days are a time of violence and danger, an ugly time. It will be a Reign of Terror dwarfing that of the French Revolution. Conditions will become so bad, that people would hardly believe what is happening. Evil will savagely target that which is good and godly. This final assault of evil will threaten the existential existence of humanity. But evil will be defeated and the Father will prevail.
What would this lawless and godless world be like? What are the ghastly 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 there any doubt that invisible evil spiritual influencers are working behind the scenes to lay the groundwork for the rise of the Antichrist? Thanks to modern media, horrific events are captured and streamed to our digital devices without end.
The description that Paul provided mirrors modern society. Is the future now? If so, it is a loud and clear wake-up call. FOMO, fear of missing out, will escalate exponentially. 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.