Understanding the present time
The core reason for the Word of God is to educate mankind on what is required of them in order to attract God’s blessing and escape the danger of the world. Understanding this Truth is what God expected from everyone at this period of the year. Many people think the end of every year is time to acquire wealth. They perceive it as a time of making money, accepting chieftaincy titles, going after their pleasure, business, getting married and building houses among others. By encumbering themselves with all these worldly things, they forget what God expects from them.
What gives them concern, as the year comes to an end, are things of the world, those things they missed doing vis-à-vis worldly enjoyments. They regret not bribing their way to gain promotion, not stealing from their bosses, cheating their friends, co-workers, not joining the bandwagon of prostitutes, dupes, cults, assassins, smokers and, etc. Instead of examining themselves and amending their ways, their regrets are the evil they couldn’t do — the fornication, the adultery, the abortion and robbery they missed committing during the year. Many people, during this period, are preoccupied with the arrangement of opening a new house, planning for wedding, burial, bazaar, dancing competition, carnivals of different kinds, village meetings and end of year parties, while some are just jubilating because they are about to enter a New Year. Some others are busy declaring what the New Year will bring to them, but little did they know that this period is God’s offer of opportunity for them to amend their ways and prepare for Rapture.
Romans 13:12-14 says,“The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day, not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”
This period of Yuletide should remind us that our redemption, the day we are departing this world is closer than we expect. Therefore, our preparation for this year’s crossover night should rather be a preparation to crossover from old life to new life in Christ. We should concern ourselves with how we should live in agreement with the word of God, and know that every year we add to our years. So, as our age is increasing, the same way we are getting closer to our graves. And if that is the case, then crossing over to a New Year should be a time of self-appraisal. We should not give ourselves to the things of this world that pass away.
1Cor. 7:31 says, “And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.” We should not indulge in the things of the world or make it look like we are only living for the purpose of this world that passes away.
Luke 17:26-27 says, “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.” In the days of Noah, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage; and did not know, when the floods came, and swept them away. The same situation is prevailing now. It is good to understand what God demands from you this very time and amend your ways before you crossover.