“Now the end of all things is near…” (1 Peter 4:6a)
When an airplane nears its destination the pilot implements a number of procedures and checks for the plane’s final approach, in order to assure a safe landing. In these moments the pilot is “all business.” Everything has to be just right. The welfare of the passengers depends on it. Professionalism prevails.
Peter reminded his readers that we Christians are to live as those who are in a final approach mode. Every generation of believers is called to live as if Christ is to return in its generation. So, Peter calls for a set of procedures to be implemented.
We are to implement the discipline of prayer, for one thing. We are to stay in touch with the Lord. We are to practice a consistent communion with Him. In addition, we are to implement: love for each other, hospitality, serving others in God’s strength, and doing all the above to the glory of God. These are great procedures for a “final approach” in preparation for the Lord’s coming. Come to think of it, it’s also a good approach for closing out a year and moving on into the next.
Lord, Help us to live each day by the standards that glorify You. Amen.