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Standing Ready

October 26, 2012

“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ,” – Titus 2:13

 

You know, you hear so many people speak of the end times, and their theories of when, where, and how it will happen. The thing is, that at the end of the day – after all the speculation, guesswork, and educated hypotheses – that there is only one thing that is absolutely certain: that it will, in fact, happen. Christ said, “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come…therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh,” (Matt. 24:42,44). So, the question today – the question we should ask every day – is this: “Do I stand ready to meet my God today?”

 

There is nothing more important in this life than that answer: for the ability to answer yes or no determines whether we face an eternity of joy and victory…or one of despair, pain, and humiliation. And truthfully – even for Christians who are assured of their salvation – that question is one that should merit deep consideration: meaning that, when we face our Lord in Judgment, will we be able to tell Him that we did the very best of our ability to spread His Word and to expand His Kingdom? Or did we fall asleep on the job, leaving others to do the work for us: letting opportunities slip by us without ever making an effort. “He that gathereth in the summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame,” (Prov. 10:5). So, child of God or not, we should ask: do we shamefully sleep through the harvest? Imagine standing upon the bank of a river, watching the currents drag men and women past you, and knowing that they are being pulled to their deaths; do you stand there and watch them drift by? Do you wait and hope that someone else comes along to do the saving for you? Or, do you do everything in your power to save all those that you can, throwing them a lifeline and praying they can pull themselves out? It’s the exact same principle as a Christian with the lost – except that its much worse than death we try to save them from: it’s the torments of an eternity in hell. True, all we can do is throw them that lifeline, the blood and word of Jesus Christ, and pray they pull themselves free of the currents of sin…but do we do all we can to cast those lines out there in the first place? Because whether the end comes today or in a hundred years, we’re still running out of time.

 

“Behold, I come quickly,” (Rev. 22:7). We have no concept of what Time is to God: we are told that a day is a thousand years and a thousand years a day; how then, can we comprehend how God measures Time? But, however much time this old world has, your time could come in the next instant: this is why we have to be ready…for, “Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord when He cometh shall find so doing.” (Matt. 24:46)

 

So today, if you’re not ready, I pray that you get that way for the sake of your eternal soul, so that you might find the peace, freedom, and joy that only Christ can give. And for those of us who have that blessed assurance, let us consider how much more we could be doing in and for our Lord’s great name: let us not bring shame upon ourselves for sleeping during the harvest. I pray that we can all work together in Christ to make this world a better place, and that we might all look forward with hopeful anticipation to the glorious appearing of our Savior.

Be blessed,

Joshua

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