"And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed." -- Romans 13:11
It is not uncommon for someone to come up with a catchy way to characterize the New Year. As I sat down this afternoon and posted my status on Facebook, the following words came to mind: "Closer to Heaven in 2011." They say no thought is original, but this is one saying I've not heard before. Whether or not someone else has had the same thought or I happened to have originated it, the truth is certain that some of us will indeed be closer to heaven in 2011! Will you be one who can say that with confidence?
The apostle Paul tells us in Romans 13:11 that "our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed." This reality should motivate believers to live each day fully as though it were our last, walking in righteousness, shining Christ's light in a dark world, and sharing God's love and the hope of salvation with those who do not know him.
The Bible tells us what the end times will be like. "But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God" (2 Timothy 3:1-4). One doesn't have to look very hard to see the manifestation of this prophecy in our very day! I look forward to the day when I shall meet my Savior face to face in the place he has prepared for me (John 14:2), don't you?
If you have not settled the matter of your salvation with Jesus, let today be the day you ask him to forgive you and come live in your heart. Then you, too, will be able to rest in the assurance that you are nearer to heaven in 2011!