The restaurant T.G.I Friday’s recently put out the following ad, “The Last Friday: Party like there is no tomorrow. The Mayan calendar ends on Friday, December 21, 2012, and many predict the world will end with it. We’re having a party either way.” Clearly the message here is that people should use their last moments on earth to drink, party, and do whatever makes them happy.
If this were your last Friday to live on this earth, how would you spend it? Would drinking and partying be on the list? Would you use your last moments to engage in sin? Sadly, many people would probably choose to participate in worldly, lustful, sinful acts in their last moments of life.
While not all parties are wrong, it just seems so trivial and meaningless to spend the last moments on earth with a selfish “eat, drink, and be merry” attitude. Choosing where our last moments would be spent tells much about us. It reveals what is in our hearts, what is important to us, and where we are spiritually.
If this truly were the last day we had left on earth, hopefully we would choose to spend our time begging and crying with friends and family to repent and be saved (Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21). Hopefully we would spend our time on our knees, praying to the Lord, maybe even for our own forgiveness if needed. Hopefully we would spend our last moments focusing on heaven, Scripture, and spiritual things. Far be it from us that we would ever choose to spend our last moments in sinful and selfish behavior!
Thankfully, this entire situation is hypothetical, though only for now. The world is not going to come to an end today because Scripture says that no one, not even Christ, knows when the world will end (Matthew 24:36). It also says it will come secretly, like a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:2; 2 Peter 3:10; Matthew 24:42-44). Since some are expecting it tonight, obviously this means it will not happen tonight.
We need to take a good, long, and hard look at ourselves. Where are we spiritually? Even though the world will not end tonight, it could end tomorrow. If we aren’t prepared for eternity, we must get ready. If people we love aren’t ready for Judgment day, we need to do what we can to save them spiritually.
When we really boil it down, the only moment we have guaranteed to us is this very moment. The next moment could bring Christ in the clouds and the Judgment. Are we ready? How will we choose to spend the moments we have left?