A Heightened Sense Of Urgency
By Rich Carmicheal
"Jesus replied, ‘"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: "Love your neighbor as yourself." All the Law and the Prophets hang an these two commandments’" (Matthew 22:37-40).
"The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply…" (1 Peter 4:7-8).
At the heart of the Gospel message is the call to love God and to love others. This call is given a sense of urgency in light of the fact that "the end of all things is near." Jesus is returning soon and we must make the most of the limited time we have to focus on our relationship with the Lord and to encourage others in their relationship with Him. You may feel an even greater sense of urgency at this time in light of the increase of problems and uncertainties throughout the world. This is a crucial time and as the Lord’s people we need to prepare ourselves for the return of Christ and take advantage of every opportunity to reach out to family, friends, neighbors, fellow countrymen and to people from other nations.
The ministry of Herald of His Coming hopes to encourage and challenge you to this end. May the Lord use this issue of the Herald (and every issue) to strengthen and deepen your relationship with Him and increase your desire and ability to reach out effectively to others. May He awaken us all to the significance of this hour!