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Cherish Limited Time, Follow God Closely

One day, I saw some net friends were discussing a subject of time in our WeChat group. Someone said, “Time is money, but money can’t buy time. Now, I truly feel time is going by too quickly. Having no consciousness, I have spent half my life.” Another replied, “Yes! If we can live 80 years, we can live more than 29,000 days, over 700,000 hours. Except the time of rest and eating, we only have 300,000 hours left over. And one hour has elapsed when we are talking. So, we should value our time and do some meaningful things in the rest of days. In this way, we won’t live this life in vain!”

Seeing this, suddenly I had a sense of urgency. That’s right! Time flies, and half of my life span has quietly slipped by, but what meaningful things have I done? Sometimes on the street, I saw the thick stream and that people in all walks of life were busy: To come to the top in the future, the children shuttle between school and cram schools; to pursue fame and gain, the adults throw themselves into their own career, so that they are hurried and rushed; the old have entered the last phase of life so that they can only project their long-cherished ambitions on children and grandchildren. And they are busy sending their grandchildren off to school and picking them up and taking care of their daily living needs…. In this way, we have been living generation after generation. The new generation replaces the old: The children turn to be parents, the parents become grandparents, and the grandparents return to the dust because of the Creator’s predestination.

Time is fleeting. Thinking of myself and many friends of mine around me, don’t we loaf our time away? Unwittingly, I felt somewhat self-reproachful and heavy in my heart. As Christians, we know that it is God who created the heavens and earth and all things, created our ancestors of mankind, gives us life and breath, and leads us to develop up to today, generation after generation. But we should think carefully: How much of our time do we spend to be truly quiet before God, read His word seriously, and care about putting the truth into practice to satisfy Him? Although I have followed the Lord for years and have also run, expended myself, and spread the gospel for the Lord except taking care of my family and going to work, I have to admit that motivations lay behind these labor, which was to enter the kingdom of heaven and get blessings. Furthermore, when I went to the meeting and listened to the preaching, I always felt that only if I kept religious ceremonies and held on to my faith of seeking bread to satisfy hunger, then it represented that I wasn’t far from God. So I could justifiably and confidently ask for God’s protection and blessings to make my family peaceful, my children well, my work smooth. When I was at home, I often prayed and read the Bible at my leisure time, yet such practice seemed to become the inertia of the faith and spiritual sustenance. I couldn’t feel spiritually moved and enlightened. I started to doubt: What will such spiritual life bring to me after all? Why can’t I put the word of the Lord into practice or keep His commandments when I encounter difficulties?

Counting up the years, except that we asked God for blessings and grace, how much time do we spend to simply seek to live to satisfy God? By contrast, in God’s six-thousand-year management plan of saving humanity, everything God does is for us mankind. When God saw mankind who was corrupted by Satan committed sin all day but couldn’t worship Him, He decreed the law and led mankind to live on earth in an orderly way; when He saw mankind in the late period of the Age of law was more deeply corrupted by Satan, didn’t keep the law at all, and even faced being executed according to law, He became flesh to spread the way of repentance and was crucified and bore the sin deserving of death of mankind for redeeming mankind. And then because our sinful natures haven’t been completely eradicated and we haven’t obtained the truth and have it as our life to live out the likeness of a true man, today of the last days, God returns to flesh to do the work of judgment to thoroughly purify our sinful natures. During this period, God has opened up the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven by expressing words and expresses the complete truth which purifies and saves us. He still tells us all His work from the creation of the heavens and earth and all things to our future end and final destination, and He reveals His thoughts and ideas in carrying out every stage of work, just as He pours out His heart to us face to face, from which He expects that we know His disposition and being and possessions and understand His painstaking efforts and good intention of saving us from the domain of Satan.

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We came to stay in the world only a few decades. If we expend much time only in living a good life and pursuing fame and fortune to satisfy our personal selfish desire, and finally as time passes, we will get grey hairs and wrinkles and enter old age, then won’t it be too late to regret that we haven’t been quiet before God to earnestly seek to know Him at that time? Currently, not only many brothers and sisters in the Lord but also some people who don’t believe in God all notice that “the great and terrible day of the LORD” the Bible prophesies has already drawn near, whether according to the present unsettled world situation or according to more and more frequent and severe disasters, such as flood, earthquake, landslide, mudslide, plague, hail, and so forth. That’s to say, the great disaster of the last days prophesied in the Book of Revelation will be fulfilled soon. Therefore, if we still seek to satisfy selfish desire of our flesh or maintain relationships with unbelievers and even are deceived by rumors from the forces of Satan but refuse to investigate the current work of God and don’t seek for God’s real requirements of us, once God begins to determine mankind’s outcome based on the performance of every type of people when He publicly appears to all nations and all people, namely after the great disaster falls, then what is the use of our remorse and desire to pursue the truth well at that moment? Because time will have already passed, just as “spilt water can’t be gathered up.”

The Lord Jesus taught us, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). “Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). Hebrews says, “and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). So why don’t we seize this most valuable time when God lives with us on earth, expresses words to supply us with life,and does the work of purifying and saving man? Indulging in the world and money can’t make us go into eternal life but make us lose life. Only when we closely follow God’s work and footsteps and seek and practice His current demands can we carry out God’s will, and can we gradually be freed of our sinful nature and attain cleanliness to be raptured. Thus, when the great disaster arrives, we will be protected by God and remain in the end. Finally, let’s share a paragraph of God’s words of admonitions to us:

Awaken, brothers! Awaken, sisters! My day will not be delayed; time is life, and to seize time is to save life! The time is not far off! If you take exams for entrance into college and you do not pass, you can try again and cram for the test. However, My day will have no such delay. Remember! Remember! I urge you with these good words. The end of the world unfolds before your very eyes, great disasters rapidly draw near; is your life important or is your sleeping, eating, and clothing important? The time has come for you to weigh these things. … Keep watch! Keep watch! Time lost will never come again, remember this! There is nowhere on earth where you can buy medicine that will soothe regret! So how shall I say this to you? Is My word not worthy of your careful consideration and repeated ponderation? You are so careless with My words and so irresponsible with your life; how could I bear it? How could I?” (“The Thirtieth Utterance”).

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