Tuesday, October 18, 2011

be ready

He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority." (Acts 1:7)

But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding oat the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. (Matthew 24:36-44)

Judgement day is coming... the end is near! Yes, some have predicted that Jesus is scheduled to arrive on this or that particular day... that the world will be over and done (insert ominous music here). Well, whether it occurs tomorrow, next year, or next century... my response is still the same to these haughty and presumptuous claims: Bla bla bla bla blaaaaaaa! (LOL)

In my lifetime, I have heard so many predictions and proposed dates around the exact timing of Christ's return. Calendars that have been calculated, publicized and debated. Then, of course, the predicted time passes and the "date of certainty" must again be recalculated, readjusted, re-publicized and, of course, debated some more... (let me just say it again... blaaaaaaa!)

What folly of men! For our prideful collaborations and speculative ways cannot compare to God's supreme authority!!! We do not control the moments of this age. He does! We cannot proclaim to know something that God has already stated NO ONE will know but the Almighty Himself! How much time and resources have been wasted on this foolishness? For God's Word plainly states that the timing of Jesus’ return and the end of the age is not for us to know.

Rather, the Messiah simply encourages His people to do one thing: BE READY!!!

Jesus tells us to “keep watch, because we do not know on which day our Lord will come.” This clear command from the Savior discourages His followers from wasting precious time speculating over the discovery of Christ's actual return date/time, and instead motivates us to live EVERY moment abiding in His Spirit while keeping a watch out for His triumphant return. In short, we are to remain motivated to glorify Him at EVERY hour of EVERY day for His Name's sake!

We are to live our lives ALWAYS devoted to His glory as we anxiously await His imminent return!!!

As these last days of earthly history play out under God's sovereign reign, it is too bad that we will continue to witness the foolish forecasts of men trying to predict the future around our King's glorious return. Let's fervently pray for those misled in this area as we continue to trust and adhere to the words of our Savior. Let's ask God to restore and reclaim those led astray and/or diverted by the schemes and "scare tactics" of the deceiver. And let's always BE READY as we love and pray for others... just like Jesus loves and intercedes for us!

Friends, whether Christ returns today, tomorrow, next week, next year, next decade, next century, etc... BE READY, believer! Always be ready for your King's return and always live devoted to His Throne! This is your purpose: to glorify Him TODAY - this very hour!!! So, make Jesus your ONLY focus and priority - not logistics or a speculative date to count down to! HE is what's important! So, stay near to Him! Abide in His Word! Know His Ways! Trust His simple, steadfast truth!

TODAY is the day to rejoice and be glad in Him! So, let's be ready to love our Savior until the moment He surprises us in person! WOO HOO! Hallelujah to our wonderful Redeemer! Thy Kingdom come! Thy will be done, Almighty Father!

YOUR Way, precious Lord... not man's! Amen!

Blog Posting Written By Victoria Anderson