Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Are we prepared?

"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 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 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." Matthew 24:36-44 Just as in the days of old, they had the Minutemen. They had their clothes ready, their guns ready, and at a moments notice they were ready to take off, to protect, and to fight against the enemy. They of course did not know the moment to be ready, but they were prepared for what was to come. Just as today we can have alarms for our home, we do not know when the buglar will try to enter, but we have prepared ourselves for what can come at any moment. We take precausions as women going to the doctor for our yearly check-ups. We check our breasts for lumps, we have mammograms as a precausion. We don't know if cancer will ever attack, but we are preparing. When people in the mountains know a big snow is coming, they really don't know just when or just how bad, but they prepare, they stock up on food and all the provisions they know they will need. When we go out into the sun, we use sunblock as a preventative against skin cancer. There are so many things we prepare ourselves for, but the most important one is, are we prepared for when Jesus comes? Will you be the man left or will you be the one taken? Will you be the women taken or the one left grinding? Have we told all those around us about Jesus? Will they be left, only asking,"Why didn't Joe tell me about the Christ he knew?" We don't know the day Christ will come, but we should be looking daily for Him. What will we be doing when He does come? I have thought about that, and I don't want to be doing something that does not bring honor to Him, when I hear the trumpet sound. Each day our lives should be a reflection of Him to those around us, and each day we should be living in such a way we have nothing to worry about that would bring shame upon us in His coming. There is hope for every man here on earth. Christ is their hope as He is our hope. What are we doing to prepare for His coming? Do we have our eyes open to all around us? This is one trip we want to be ready for. We want to be packed up and ready to go. But this trip, we want to invite all we know. We want it to be a big gathering, a family reunion of our brothers and sisters. We want to have our R.S.V.P's turned in. We prepare for tests, we prepare for big games, we prepare for teaching, we prepare for dinner, we prepare for so many things, we should make this one our top priority. When we are prepared, when we have shared with all, when we have all in order, we can look to the heavens, and find joy in His coming. This will be the greatest surprise party we have ever attended. Are you ready for His coming? You can be, you can be prepared to hear the trumpet and know you are going to the home He has prepared for all His children. Don't put this one off for another day, its not something to let go, and take care of later, make today the day you are ready to see our Savior...
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