Jesus asks us to be ready anytime for His return
There is lots of talk about what the year 1999 holds for us. Many are concerned about a global financial crisis, others are alarmed about Y2K and still others fear social upheaval.
The fact is many people are preparing by buying tons of food, storing water, guns, blankets and generators and are looking for some mountain hideaway. Scores of “Doomsday Cults” are predicting the end of the world or the return of Christ.
While natural preparation and readiness on a limited basis because of uncertain future may be wise, I am much more concerned about our spiritual readiness.
Jesus gave us clear instructions that we are to be ready always, for we do not know the day nor the hour when He will return. He told use to be watchful and alert.
– In Matthew 24, we learn “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what the hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
In a parable, Jesus told His disciples to “do business till I come.” We are to be found doing.
– Also from Matthew 24, “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Jesus commended the servant who is found doing and warn the others they will be punished.
Spiritual preparation is no doing the “big things” but daily walking (walking in the Spirit) with the Lord, consistently keeping our hearts right with the Lord.
– From Mark 13: “Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.”
Pay attention, be alert and continually be in contact with the father through prayer. We can not wait until the last hour to prepare – it will be too late. We must daily seek to train our ears to hear and our hearts to obey. Do no fear, He will take care of us.
– From Psalms 37: “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not see the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
Leo Kruger is pastor of Valley Christian Fellowship in Gardnerville.
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