Be Ready, Get Right, Take Stock
by Judy Webb
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36)
Life is short, you never know when your time will be up. How often have we heard statements like this? Usually right after a really close call with death. Do we truly believe these words, or are they merely a way to acknowledge what almost happened and way to shake off the fear of the moment? Near brushes with our mortality will stop us in our tracks, only for the moment. Then life goes on without another thought to the reality of the words.
Matthew 24: 39-41 “…and they knew nothing of what would happen until the flood came and took them away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left."
Be ready. The Bible is saturated with verses about the coming of the Lord. Be ready.
It is not like preparing for a special dinner or dressing up for an evening out. It is a lifelong journey of commitment to the God of the universe to love Him, love others, and obey his commands as we lead others to Him. It is about true faith and faithfulness that radiates from deep within our hearts.
If we are one of the men in the field, I hope we take the time to teach the other man about the Lord before the time comes. If we are one of the women grinding, I pray we speak to the heart of the other woman about Jesus in time for her too, to be saved.
James 5:8 “You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand."
Dear Jesus, thank you for this word today. As each day brings us closer to the day when we will see you face to face, remind us that everyone needs to know you and to accept your Son as Savior. Give us strength and courage to tell this Good News to everyone. Amen