Has your house ever been robbed in the dead of night? For your sake I sincerely hope not. But you can probably imagine how you’d feel to wake up and find your TV or computer stolen and a window broken. This is the feeling I get when I read Luke 12:39-40:
But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
Have you ever read the Left Behind series? I had heard for years about how wonderful they were, but it wasn’t until the church cleaned out its old library to use as the Junior Church room did I get the opportunity to read them. Honestly? The books terrified me.
The basic plotline is the authors’ interpretation of what the tribulations described in the Bible’s prophetic passages will be like. The series opens with the main characters being “left behind” after the Rapture.
The thought of not being ready for Christ’s return is also terrifying to me. You see, the Bible warns us many times that the day of the Lord is near. Only the Father knows when it will be.
Do you want a front seat ticket for the end of the world as we know it? (If you answered “yes” to that question I can’t help you).
Not trying to scare you, and I certainly won’t be making any predictions as to when I think Christ will return. But I want to make believers aware that to be a follower of Christ we must be waiting for the Lord. Not waiting like you might wait for a TV show to come on, or for a package to arrive, or for the traffic light to change.
Active waiting. Preparing your heart and mind. And ministering to others. Setting our sights above the excesses of this world and waiting for eternity.
In the next few weeks I’ll be writing about what it means to be ready for the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
The Wednesday Witness
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