July 25: if today was the last day

If you knew the end of all things was near, what would you do? If today was the last day, how would that change the way you live today? The editors of the Bible I am using put the words “Living for God” at the beginning of 1 Peter 4. It prompts me to wonder what would change if today was solely about living for God.

Here’s what I hear from Peter: 1) be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray; 2) love each other deeply; 3) offer hospitality to one another without grumbling; 4) use whatever gift you have received to serve others; 5) speak as one who speaks the very words of God; 6) serve with the strength God provides so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.

If I knew today was my last day, are these the things that would be forefront in my mind? Would this be my mission for the day? Why not live today as if today is that day?

To him be the glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.

Today’s readings: Isaiah 43-45; 1 Peter 4

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