Text: Luke 12:32-48
Key Verse: “Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not” (Luke 12:40).
The Boys’ Scouts motto briefly reads: “Be prepared”. This is at once a synopsis, an abbreviated message to the discerning to be well tutored for every situation in life. Nothing can be more succinct for the believer who is firmly admonished to always be ready for the sudden emergence of Christ at the rapture. Without this state of readiness, the unwary, so-called believer might be left behind.
Jesus teaches the importance of being ready at all times for the rapture. He states that blessed are those servants waiting and watching, giving the illustration that the return of the Lord will be like the break-in of a thief and the loss of precious valuables. He advises believers to be ready always as His coming will be sudden. The uncertainty of the time of the Lord’s return should jolt every believer to never retire to bed at night without taking stock of his or her life and settle any scores with others. It is incumbent on the believer to forgive offenders and remain blameless within and without. During the day, as we go about our duties (whether spiritual or secular), we should be vigilant.
Don’t be too encumbered with or too busy to miss the call-up signal. Don’t be so weighed down by the affairs of this world that you become too heavy to be caught-up to be with the Lord in the air. Get rid of every leaven of carnality, worldliness, hypocrisy and sin which can sap all spiritual strength. The life of Enoch who walked with God for so long and was called up alive is a reality to reflect on. “It is not over until it is over” – so goes the popular saying. And nowhere is this more applicable than in the race to heaven. The countdown to eternity has begun. Get prepared like the bride who is fully prepared for her bridegroom. Get washed in the blood of the Lamb, remain pure and live blamelessly.
Thought for the day: Be ready: it’s not over until it is over.
Bible Reading in one Year: 1 Corinthians 5-7