What Would You Do Today if the World Ended Tomorrow?

storm 3For the past couple of years, there have been stories and conversations about the so-called Mayan prophecy that some catastrophic event would occur and the world would end on Dec. 21, 2012.

            That’s tomorrow.

            And while there are “doomsday preppers” who have been stockpiling their underground bunkers and at least one lady in New Mexico who plans to spend the day on a mountain chanting to her crystal skull, most folks don’t buy it. There are a lot of jokes about not needing to pay the bills or clean the house, but nobody seriously believes the world is coming to an end tomorrow.

            But what if it were?

            The truth is, nobody knows. Jesus repeatedly said, “no one knows the day or the hour” when the God who created the world and raised the curtain on the grand drama of human history, will darken the stage and close that curtain.  

            It could easily be tomorrow.

            If you knew that to be undeniably true, what would you do today?

            Jesus said that the normal human reaction to such news would the same as our current reaction to the Mayan prophecy. “For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark,  and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away…” (Matt.24:37-39) They wouldn’t even consider the possibility that the world they knew might come to an end.  It was (and is) a foolish way to live.

            So…if the world were ending tomorrow, what would you do today?


            What would you be compelled to do if you knew there were only 24 hours left to live on this planet?

            Would you….

                       …make sure some special people heard you say “I love you”?

                        …enjoy your favorite meal?

                        ….chase fear by singing for joy or weeping in prayer?

                        …revel for a time in some certain beauty?

                        …soak your anxious heart in God’s promises?

                        …gather near with the people most precious to you?

                        …express gratitude or say “thank you” to someone?

                        …reconcile a ruptured relationship?

                        …work or play?

                        …scramble about or simply stop and engage the moment?

                        …share the good news of Jesus (the only truth that will insure a soul continues long after the world has crumbled to nothing) with   someone you’re pretty sure is not ready to face God?

                        …or _______________________?


    Now…since you really don’t know whether tomorrow will come on earth,

what’s keeping you from doing those things today?


            This day is all we ever have. 

            There are no guarantees of another day here.

            So, live what you always meant to live right now.

            “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the best use of these days…make the most of every opportunity….redeem the time, because these are desperate, evil days” (Eph. 5:15-16)

            I’d love to know…what would you do? Share it in the comments.



2 responses

  1. Today I sat in a service in SC and listen to Dr Gerald Roe preach on Ephesians 5:15-17. This evening I took an electronic stroll through this blog. Sometimes, God speaks loud and clear. My new year’s resolution? Redeem the time. Thenks, God for Your Word. I hear ‘ya!

  2. If the world were to end in 24 hours, I would be sure to spend it forgiving. I would bring to mind all unforgiven people, places, situations, events, things and forgive them one by one, set each one free. I would give myself and all my fellow brothers and sisters, this one most precious gift of forgiveness. Gabriela I.

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