Have you ever noticed how impossible it is to forecast the future? I'm sure lots of folks happily sank a lot of cash into Enron stock ... right before it became worthless. Think of any sports draft. Micheal Jordan was selected third overall in the 1984 NBA draft. Sam Bowie was taken #2 that year. Sam never had a shoe named after him and I don't think the folks at Gatorade ever cared whether or not he drank their product. A lot of NFL fans in Houston are angrily second-guessing the powers-that-be for drafting Mario Williams instead of Reggie Bush or Vince Young. The Beatles got turned down by MCA records. MCA thought groups with guitars were one the way out. I'd say they missed that one. What about your own life? Where have you missed it?
I am glad that as Christians we are blessed with some clear information about the future. First of all, as Christians we are closer than we have ever been! The cosmic countdown marches on, and only the Father knows how close we are to our reward. Every step into another day is a step closer to the fullness of our salvation. Romans 13:11 says, "And this do, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed."
We are steadily moving toward a divine appointment. You may be building a house you'll never live in. You may be making plans to take a trip you'll never take because the Lord has other "travel plans" arranged for you. We are closer than we have ever been to our departure for what lies beyond the grave. In Christ, we can eagerly wait and anticipate the coming day when we will celebrate.
Secondly, it is later than it has ever been. We have less time to accomplish our mission. Jesus said in John 9:4-5, "We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world." It was true for Jesus and it is true for us: the time to shine is right now while we are still in this world.
Be faithful and courageous! We are closer than we have ever been. Let's present to a lost world the plea of the crucified carpenter who wants to build something beautiful out of the broken lives of sinners. Knowing it is later than it has ever been, we can help turn the tide of tomorrow's tears into the joy of sweet forgiveness and salvation.