I can't imagine what it is like for a person who doesn't know Christ to be living today. I would imagine there is a lot of hopelessness, discouragement, hatred, bitterness, deceit, and those types of feelings. The world is not a very nice place right now. You turn on the news and it is negative, it is destruction, it is doom and gloom and it is fear. You hear of brother killing brother, the slaughter of women and children, wars and diseases, all in the name of humankind's quest for power.
We are in the last day friends... (2 Peter 3:8) But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
Are we ready?
After that heart sinking doom and gloom post, I want to encourage you. The end is always meant to come, here on earth. We are not made to live here forever, we will go, and the end could be in a moment. We should never consider premature death, we should live life to the fullest, regardless of what "circumstances" come our direction. There is a hope in Christ that through him and by his grace we are saved to live an eternity with a God that has created a home for us that is perfect. There are no tears in heaven. There are no sorrows. You can listen to any Sam, Dick, or Harry that you want that tells you what they believe happens when you die, some say nothing, some say there is no hell, some say all go to heaven, some say you can go to purgatory until you are prayed out, but what does the Bible tell you? I will take my chances on a book that no one can disprove, and that scientists try very hard to discredit only to find out they can't. It's God's word friends, you can bank your life on it. Wait until God calls you, until then you have purpose!
So what's it take to be ready?
Sell yourself out to Christ. He's there for you, right where you are. You don't have to find him in a Church, he comes where the Spirit is invited. Ask the Holy Spirit to invade your life and wash you clean, thank Jesus for paying the price for your sins, know that he is God's Son and that he loves you, and know that the God we serve is big enough to save us all if we ask. Stop hurting people, as God to remove the scars in your life, as for your mind to be renewed and your heart to be healed. You should then surround yourself with other believers, but don't be deceived, not everyone who says "Lord, Lord" will be entering the kingdom of heaven. Read your Bible, understand it, ask God to reveal it to you and to protect you from deceit. Guard yourself, be ready, because the thief comes to kill, steal, and destroy.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-- having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.