As most of you who follow the news know, increasing numbers of analysts and pundits are now commenting on how quickly world events and societal changes are occurring. For we are truly approaching the "end of the age" as all Bible-believing Christians should know. For we as Christians are instructed to "watch and pray" (Luke 21:36). We should all be aware of the fast-moving changes around the world—especially in the light of Bible prophecy.
Still, even in this fast-paced world, we have just 24 hours each day in which to conduct our lives. Our time is limited and precious. Moreover, any of our lives could be cut short by an accident or major upset in the world, as the Bible predicted (Matthew 24:6–8). So, how much time do you have to live?
Have you asked yourself, "Am I using my time and my energy on this earth to fulfill the real purpose for my life?" The inspired Word of God tells us: "The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knows the power of Your anger? For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom" (Psalm 90:10–12).
With this in mind, each of us should "number" our days and be sure that we really—really—are putting "first things first" as we use our precious time. As the acknowledged dean of management experts, Peter Drucker, wrote in his landmark book, The Effective Executive:
"Time is totally irreplaceable. Within limits we can substitute one resource for another, copper for aluminum, for instance. We can substitute capital for human labor. We can use more knowledge or more brawn. But there is no substitute for time.
"Everything requires time. It is one truly universal condition. All work takes place in time and uses up time. Yet most people take for granted this unique, irreplaceable and necessary resource. Nothing else, perhaps, distinguishes effective executives as much as their tender loving care of time" (p. 26).
Although you may not be a top corporate executive, your time is just as important in God's eyes as that of the "big shots" of the world. We should all learn to properly use the precious time that God has given each one of us. As the Word who became flesh, Jesus Christ set us His example and was in fact the "light" of the world. Part of His example included waking early in the morning to "seek God" and have His mind on the things of God before anything else would interfere. Notice what He did: "Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed" (Mark 1:35). Similarly, if we are truly to put first things first, it is vital in our own lives that we seek God—and set aside enough time to do this effectively and powerfully—as a daily habit of highest importance.
Along with prayer, we are told to study the Word of God. Notice that the Apostle Paul considered the new Christians in Berea "more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word of God with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so" (Acts 17:11). How important is Scripture? Jesus Christ commanded all Christians: "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God" (Luke 4:4).
In our day of biblical illiteracy, how can people possibly live by every Word of God if they do not even study it? As the end of this age approaches—and as our world increasingly faces massive upsets caused by wars, diseases, natural disasters, etc.—it is vital for you and your very life to be sure to get to know and understand the inspired Word of God.
Again, to do this effectively means to dedicate a regular, habitual allotment of your precious time! This may seem obvious to most of our more than half a million Tomorrow's World subscribers. Yet I know that many others of you have never developed this kind of habit. For the first two decades of my own life, in the "mainstream" church in which I grew up, I did not have this habit either—nor did any of my friends. But I came to develop this vital habit, and it has sustained me over the decades even in difficult times. So, let me urge you from my own experience, especially as you see prophetic events taking place in the specific way we are telling you in this magazine, please "wake up" and use your time—while you have the opportunity—to really put first things first.
The Apostle Paul was inspired to tell us, "See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:15–16). To "redeem" something means you must "buy back" what you are already in the process of losing. For most people—certainly including most of you readers—it seems that time just slips away from us before we realize what is happening. And then it is gone. Our life comes to an end—often sooner than we have thought and perhaps in an unexpected manner.
We in this Work of the living God hope and pray that all of you will truly "check up" on us. We sincerely want you to prove what you believe and why. Do not believe what I am telling you just because I am telling it to you. Check it out in your own Bible. As you well know, most other preachers do not emphasize this. But because we at Tomorrow's World have come to understand the truth, we can and do challenge you to be like the Bereans and study the Scripture on the topics we teach, so you will be absolutely sure we are teaching you to understand and practice what the Bible actually says.
If you do want to go deeper and fully understand and prove what God's word says about the purpose for your life, be sure to write us or call us and request your free enrollment in the Tomorrow's World Bible Study Course. Take time to make this important request right now before you become too busy or forget about it! For it is one of the best uses of your time that you could hope to find.
Almighty God wants you to learn to appreciate the opportunity He is giving human beings to become His full sons and to be resurrected to immortal life, as Mr. Richard Ames explains in his article starting on page 12 of this magazine. The God of the Bible wants you to learn to "seek" His Kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). Nothing else other than the Kingdom of God is "the answer" to our current world problems, as I explain in my article "The Answer" on page 5 of this magazine.
Near the end of his life, the Apostle Peter told Christians: "Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 1:10–11).
Truly, each one of us needs to learn to take action. As the Apostle Peter was inspired to tell us, "if you do these things you will never stumble" and so you will have an entrance into the ever-lasting Kingdom of God. This will not be accomplished by a mere empty faith. It takes action and the willingness to "seek God" with all your heart and use your precious time to do this each and every day of your life. Do it! Take action now!