Whether Christ returns or calls us home through death, the end of all things is at hand. Death is the great clarifier. When we have a brush with our final enemy, death, it is incredible how many things in our lives become insignificant. The petty concerns seem to melt away. Trivial distractions are exposed as unimportant. Even most entertainment loses its ability to entertain. This is the kind of clarity Peter calls us to when he says, the end of all things is at hand (1 Pet. 4:7).
When the Holy Spirit uses the prospect of the end to purify our perception, one thing will not diminish as unimportant; instead, it will increase in its significance, and that is our need for each other. Above all, we see how much we need to love each other earnestly (1 Pet. 4:8).
I recently had the opportunity to expound these verses at the First Artesia Christian Reformed Church in a sermon called “The End of All Things is at Hand.”
Here are some of the themes we considered as we meditated on the word:
- The importance of knowing the brevity of our days
- The biggest killer of Christian community
- How love covers a multitude of sins
- People who do not get anything out of church
- The difference between spiritual love and natural love.
This passage in First Peter is challenging, and when we spend time with it, we should not walk away unaffected. Below you will find the video version of the sermon, and it is also available in audio format on Spotify.