“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father…Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come…So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” Matthew 24:36, 42, 44
Ready or not….here I come!
Those words always brought butterflies to my stomach when I would play hide and go seek with my friends when I was a kid. The seeker would count and no matter if I was hidden or not, they were coming to find me! Sometimes I was ready and well hidden. And other times I was not. The anticipation of the seeker finding me made me so nervous! I loved to peek around the corner, stick my head out from behind a tree, lift open the lid to the clothes hamper a little, or watch for the feet that would walk by the bed I was hiding under. And if I saw the seeker and they saw me then I would scream and try to run to base, hoping that I would make it there before getting caught. Sometimes I made it. Sometimes I did not.
The one thing that is important for anyone playing hide and seek is for the player to be ready. If you are not hidden then chances are you won’t be winning the game. You must be ready.
And this is what we have to remember when we hear about God’s promise to come again. Jesus says in these verses in Matthew 24 that we must be ready. There is no piddling around (a phrase my mother always used when I wasn’t getting ready for school). We don’t need to be standing around trying to figure out what to do. There’s no time to be a half-hearted Christian. We can’t decide to accept Jesus as our Savior and then not follow His ways. We can’t have one foot in the door and one foot out. We must be all in and be ready.
We also have no idea when the coming of the Lord will happen. Jesus tells us it will be at an hour we don’t expect. There is no way we can predict when this will happen. Jesus says that the angels don’t know and even He, Jesus, doesn’t know. Only the Father knows when He will come again.
In 1 Thessalonians, Paul says that Jesus will come again like “a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:2). When we sleep at night we are not expecting anyone to break in our home. We sleep peacefully knowing that we are in a safe home. A thief who enters our home does it when we least expect it. That’s what it will be like when Jesus comes back. We won’t have any idea that He is coming back.
I want to be ready. I don’t want to be caught in this life not following the Lord. I don’t want to fill my day with useless activities, none of which God would approve of. I don’t want to be a person who doesn’t seek the Lord when I make decisions. I don’t want to ignore God when He calls me to do something. I don’t want to live a life only focusing on myself. I don’t want to keep Jesus to myself.
I want to do the opposite of all those things. I want to be ready. And no, it’s not going to be easy. There will be days when I don’t get it right. But what I can do is make a conscious decision to do all I can to prepare myself for the coming of the Lord.
Will you join me? Let’s be ready together for the coming of the Lord.
And yes, He is coming again.
Prayer: Almighty God, thank you for sending Your Son to this earth to save us. And we are so grateful for your promise that He will return to this earth again one day. Help us spend our days on this earth preparing for that day. May we seek You with our whole hearts and may we strive each day to do Your will. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
1. Look closely at your daily life. What are you spending your time doing? Make a list of these things.
2. What do you need to do more of or add to your daily routine?
3. How can you best prepare for the second coming of the Lord?