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Are You Ready (Be Prepared)
In [Matthew 24:44] we read these words of the Lord:
“Therefore, you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
A woman who lived by the teaching was shopping in a small country store. Several young people were just standing around doing nothing. Knowing she was a Christian, they began ridiculing her. “We hear you’re expecting Jesus to come back,” they jeered. “That’s right,” she replied brightly. “Do you really believe He’s coming?” they asked. “Absolutely,” she answered. They said, “Well, you’d better hurry home and get ready. He might be on the way!” Facing them, she said, “I don’t have to get ready—I keep ready!”
The fact is that Jesus never made it a priority for us to know the timing of His return; what he did emphasize was simply this: our readiness for that day and that we are about His work as one of His servants until He does return.
It is no stretch to say that there will be some who have even been faithful church goers who will not be ready on the day He returns for His church.
With their tongues, many people affirm that they are certainly ready for Jesus’ return but keeping ready as the woman in our story remarked she was doing implies more; it implies a lifestyle of readiness and anticipation.
This lifestyle is reflected not merely in church attendance and the outward trappings of Christianity, it is also reflected in our attitudes and choices. It is evident in our devotion and commitment to the Lord – in things which may not readily be seen by others.
Are you ready for the return of the Lord? Do you look forward to the day that you’ll see Him face to face? If He came today, would it be a happy day for you or a terrifying day? If you are not ready, make ready now; as the emergency response people said concerning hurricane Harvey and are saying about Irma – finalize your preparations, now!
If you are not ready, you can be: turn from your sins and trust wholeheartedly in Jesus Christ today; then remain ready by continuing to walk in His will daily.
Jesus may come at any time…are you ready?
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