Devotional: ‘Always Be Ready’

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“The Lord is near.”  (Philippians 4:5)

Have you ever noticed how throughout the New Testament there seems to be the constant reminder of the Lord’s return? Paul wrote to the believers at Thessalonica – ‘May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ’ (1Thessalonians 5:23) and to Titus he said, ‘while we wait for the blessed hope– the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.’  John the Apostle wrote, ‘And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.’ (1 John 2:28) and Peter said, ‘Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.’ (1 Peter 1:13)

Two things seemed to be very prevalent in the minds of the early Christians:

1) Jesus could return at any moment
2)
Therefore we need to always be ready

It is a biblical fact that Jesus is coming again; yet rather than preparing for it, many make light of it. To paraphrase the words of Peter, many say – What happened? I thought your Jesus was supposed to return. All of our lives you have been telling us this and yet He still hasn’t come. ’ (see 2 Peter 3:4)

One day, perhaps even today, Jesus will return and according to Scripture, His sudden appearance will catch many off guard.

1 Thessalonians 5:1 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.  (see also Matthew 24:43 and 2 Peter 3:10)

‘Therefore’ Jesus said, ‘… be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.’ (Matthew 24:44)

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