Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | January 5, 2015

January 5, 2015 “Are You Ready?”

“Then the angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true: ‘I am coming soon!’ God, who tells his prophets what the future holds, has sent his angel to tell you this will happen soon.” (Revelation 22: 6-7)

Good Morning my Dear Friends!

On the Church calendar, today marks the final day of the Christmas season. For some, it’s a rather wistfully sad time when the decorations all come down and are stored away for another eleven months or so. Recently on television, there’s been a commercial running featuring a man watching his neighbors deflating lawn ornaments, taking down strings of lights, and disposing of their Christmas trees. Meanwhile, he is seen dragging his tree back into the house while yelling at the others “Quitters”, refusing to let the season pass quietly into the night. Now I love Christmas as much as anyone…more than most, in fact…but I am not one to dwell so much on the season that I refuse to let it go. Christ has come. But there’s still another reality with that coming…another time for which I must prepare throughout all my days…his promised return!

I believe it is imperative that we spend as much time as possible preparing for that promised day. Some people are already planning out their celebration of Christmas 2015. Would that we would be about planning as earnestly for Christ’s return as we do for the commemoration of his initial coming. Some people are lulled by the fact that this particular promise of Christ has yet to be fulfilled. After all, it’s been over two thousand years since John recorded the prophetic words noted at the top of this post, “I am coming soon!’ We must remember, in God’s great timetable, “a thousand ages are as an evening gone.” If God says he is going to do something, it is guaranteed that He will do it. Can we predict when that time will be? No we cannot. The great Christian author C.S. Lewis wrote,

“Precisely because we cannot predict the moment, we must be ready at all moments.”  

When I was in college, I learned a song, the second verse of which was:

“No one knows when He’s coming again, like He said He would.

He’s just giving us time to help mankind receive Him as they should.”

When we are preparing our home for guests, we make sure everything is in order. Beds are made…rugs are swept, dishes are washed, and the table is set. We endeavor to maintain that state generally even if we aren’t expecting guests. If they come unexpectedly and the house is less than tidy, it’s a bit embarrassing. I can’t tell you when Christ will return. I can tell you that He will return! Don’t be caught off guard. Are you ready? Ready yourself now for His return. Let’s pray!

Heavenly Father; Just as prophesy was fulfilled with Your Son’s birth in Bethlehem, so, too, will the promises of Your Son’s return be fulfilled…perhaps sooner than we expect. Move in our hearts that we might expectantly await that day, ready to spend eternity in Your glorious presence. This we pray in Jesus’ Great Name. Amen!

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