1) Be ready.
Read Matthew 24:36-44
“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."
Jesus could return at any moment. It could be today. It could be tomorrow. It could be 100 years from now. So we must repent of living for ourselves in sin and turn to God today.
Here is a difficult—but important!—question, so consider it prayerfully. What do you need to change in your life immediately to live ready for Christ’s return?
2) Live lives of holiness and godliness.
Read 2 Peter 3:11-14
Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.
Read Philippians 1:9-11
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
You may be thinking, “Someday I will stop this impure relationship. Someday I’ll stop looking at pornography. Someone I’ll get over my addiction. Someday I’ll become patient and gentle.” Jesus could come today, so live a godly, holy life today.
In order to live holy and godly lives, we need God’s help. For what specifically would you like prayer for God to help purify in your life?
3) Live as witnesses
Read 2 Peter 3:8-10
But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
Read Matthew 28:18-20
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Right now, in the last days, non-Christians have an opportunity to repent and believe in Christ, changing their eternal destiny. Right now we have an opportunity—and responsibility!—to tell them. Death and/or the return of Christ marks the end of that opportunity for salvation. Perhaps this is why Paul described this life after becoming a Christian like this:
Read Acts 20:24
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
4) Encourage one another
Read Hebrews 3:12-15
Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
Read Hebrews 10:24-25
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Only those who persevere in faith to the end will be saved (Matthew 24:13). In order to persevere in faith we must continually encourage one another, exhort one another, and not stop gathering together as a church.
Do you think mostly about receiving encouragement or do you seek to give encouragement to others? Do you have any ideas of how you can encourage others?