Paul wrote: " And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed" (Romans 13:11, KJV).
What does he mean? Each day the Lord (in His mercy) allows us to live, each day we are closer to the point of time that we die. The Holy Spirit wrote: "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). None of us know the day of our death (unless we have no good sense and do something stupid). Since we know not the time when we depart from this world, should we not be mindful of the need to prepare to meet the Lord?
The Lord was angry with Israel, and in His anger, He stated to the Israelites through His prophet: "Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel" (Amos 4:12).
If you were to hear those words, how would you respond?
After we've prepared ourselves to meet the Lord, how then should we live? From Romans, Paul wrote: " Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good" (12:9, ESV). The exhortation from the Holy Spirit (through Paul) will go along way to making sure we are prepared to stand before Him who is Lord of all.