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Precious Time

Anchor Devotional - 12.29.13


"Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity,
because the days are evil."

(EPHESIANS 5:15)

Matthew 24:3-14, 32-45

One does not have to look very far today to see that the times we live in are perilous. Radio, TV, newspapers, cell phones and computer all keep us informed of the news of the day, mostly the bad news which “sells” much better than good news. As a kid I used to think bad news happened in other places of the world. Now I see it’s all around us, even in our own schools and communities. As the world changes quickly, we may wonder what else lies ahead.

Jesus’ disciples also wondered what the future held. They asked about the end of the age and about the details and timing of His return. Jesus gave many signs as an alert but did not give any exact timing. He graciously urged us to live in a watchful (v. 42) and faithful (v. 45) manner as we see the signs He described. Although the times seem uncertain, we can also see them as exciting as we live our lives attentive to God’s leading and devoted to His truth. “But be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully, with all your heart” (1 Samuel 12:24).

Scripture Focus

Matthew 24:3-14, 32-45

Insight

"OUR CALL IS NOT TO SUCCESSFUL SERVICE, BUT TO FAITHFULNESS."
(OSWALD CHAMBERS)

Read the Bible

  • Zechariah 5-9
  • Proverbs 29
  • Revelation 15-17