August 19 – Ready for Jesus

Mark 13:32-35,37

“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.” (Mark 13:32-35, 37 ESV)

Have you ever fell asleep at work? Maybe that’s not even a possibility in your line of work. Maybe it is. Regardless of your particular employment situation, most jobs require some amount of attentiveness to maintain an expected level of proficiency. In a similar way Christ prompts us to maintain a level of attentiveness so that we may be prepared for what is to come. Many authors have sought to exhaust the topic of end times events with their well written and heartfelt works. Many of them may even be working from a God-gifted revelation into the truth of events to come.

I believe that Jesus desires for His church to be ready for any eventuality. Not because He wants us to ride out the End of Days in a comfortable fallout shelter, but because He desires for us to fix our hearts in a mutual direction, namely, in His direction. He wants us to want Him more than we want to leave this place or our circumstance.

What if the Church, as one voice, declared a readiness to embrace the return of the Master? Not as escapism. Not out of negligent disdain for the here and now. What if we were authentically ready, and willing, to see Jesus face to face?

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