People Get Ready!
Posted: Friday, February 6
Verse of the day:
You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected. (Matthew 24:44)
Growing up in the church, I heard plenty of times that Jesus is coming back at any moment. Literally, it could be right now. Or now. Or wait for it… now! You’re still reading this, so He hasn’t come back. Or maybe He did and you got left behind…
You can understand the stress and anxiety that that created for 10 year old Joshua. I can tell you story after story where I didn’t know where my parents were, they wouldn’t answer their cell phones, and the Wardeckes (a family from the church) that lived across the street from us were no where in sight. That for young Joshua meant only one thing - Jesus had come back for the church and I did not go with them because I must not have truly been a Christian.
This ‘Jesus is returning at random so you better be ready’ can and has been used as a scare tactic, leveraging fear as a way to make people behave, like kids and Santa Clause, and cause people to get their lives right with God. But unlike Santa Clause knowing if you’ve been naughty or nice, Jesus returning is so much weightier and cumbersome because it’s real! There ought to be a genuine fear in not being ready. Jesus’ return is going to be a time of celebration and our chance to finally see our Savior face to face, but a dreadful calamitous time for those left behind.
Jesus isn’t doing this to see how many he can catch off guard, but instead giving us a heads up so that we don’t become lazy. Just as in Noah’s situation, people were warned of the coming flood but refused to get ready and were unaware of their downfall until it was to late. Their apathy lead to their death. Jesus wants us to be far from apathetic, and instead passionate and authentic in our relationship with Him and our efforts to be sanctified.
The Christian life isn’t one of bondage and rules, it’s liberation. Jesus doesn’t want us to go through life always looking over our shoulder anxiously wondering whether or not He’s here. No, the Christian life provides us with the freedom of knowing we DON’T have to look over our shoulders in distress! Being prepared means we’re justified, we’re expecting, we’re ready for Jesus to return because our relationship with Him is our top priority.
- Is you’re relationship with Jesus vibrant and authentic so that when He returns, you’ll be ready?
- What things need to change in your life so that you’ll always prepared?