Sunday, December 30, 2012

Word of the Day... December 30, 2012

Be Ready for the Lord’s Coming
“Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks. 37 The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded. I tell you the truth, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat! 38 He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn. But whenever he comes, he will reward the servants who are ready. Luke 12:35-38

So what are we supposed to be doing until the Lord comes back?  There are several things, according to Luke chapter Twelve.

We are to be watching for him. This doesn't mean that were to be standing around like idiots staring into the sky. To watch simply means to be alert and aware. For instance, when I am reading the newspapers or watching the news on television, I am always looking for the signs of the times. I'm not just looking for another conflict in the Middle East or another economic meltdown in Europe or noting that China is getting stronger every day. I am looking for the things that might point to biblical signs that indicate the day of the Lord's return is near.

We should be ready to go. As the time for the coming of Jesus Christ approaches, each one of us should ask am I ready to go? You don't want to be engaged in some activity that would make you ashamed if Jesus were to suddenly appear.

We should not only be ready for his return but we should anxiously await it. Have you ever dreaded the arrival of somebody coming to your house to visit? Do you remember what it felt like and how you didn't even want to answer the door?  Or have you ever really looked forward to someone's arrival so much that before they even came you would find yourself looking out the window to check for them? Then before they could even knock on the door, you opened it? That is how we should be thinking of the return of Jesus Christ. We should be looking forward to it with great anticipation and joy not dreading it at all.

We are not only to be waiting, but we also should be working. If watching is evidence of faith, then working is the evidence of faith in action. Watching for the Lord's return will help us prepare for our own lives, but working will ensure that we bring others with us. We should be using these last days to serve the Lord and look for every opportunity to tell someone about Jesus and His great love. Watching daily for the Lord's return isn’t a miserable way to live; it is a happy joyful purposeful way to live. Have a Simply heavenly Sunday!


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