What does it mean to be a child of God living in the present?

I don't think I'm going to answer the above mentioned question. Instead, I have another question to ask, What does it mean to be a child of God living in the end times? What I mean is, how does the context of thinking the end is near influence how one lives as God's child?

Yes, we do not know the day or hour, or even the year of the Lord's return, but we do know that it is approaching quickly and more quickly then it was approaching an hour, day, or year ago. Throughout Scripture Paul talks of the approaching end of days and instructs us on how we are to live. The writer of Hebrews tells us "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching." (Hebrews 10:25)

Yes, I recognize that the capitalization of the word "day" is the work of the collection of editors, but that doesn't change my question. If each day and each hour we are closer to the return of Christ, whether that be today or 500 years form now in the year 2500, the fact is that the day is approaching and it is closer to us now then it was for the generations before us.

If the saints before us were living with a mindset of awaiting the return of Christ tomorrow and this waiting influenced how they lived their daily lives, shouldn't it influence us all the more, since we are living closer to the date of Christ's return?

So I ask, how do we live as children of God waiting as the day of Christ's return approaches quickly? Or in other words, what does it mean to be a child of God living in the present day?


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