Do you know what? Do you know when? Do you know how? Do you know where? Do you know who? Do you know why?
Today’s reading continues in Matthew and the truth about the timing! God’s timing is perfect! He is rarely early, never late, but always on time!
No One Knows the Day and Hour(Mark 13.32-37; Luke 17.26-30, 34-36)
36“No one knows, however, when that day and hour will come—neither the angels in heaven nor the Son; the Father alone knows. 37The coming of the Son of Man will be like what happened in the time of Noah. 38In the days before the flood people ate and drank, men and women married, up to the very day Noah went into the boat; 39yet they did not realize what was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. That is how it will be when the Son of Man comes. 40At that time two men will be working in a field: one will be taken away, the other will be left behind. 41Two women will be at a mill grinding meal: one will be taken away, the other will be left behind. 42Watch out, then, because you do not know what day your Lord will come. 43If the owner of a house knew the time when the thief would come, you can be sure that he would stay awake and not let the thief break into his house. 44So then, you also must always be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you are not expecting him.
~ from Matthew 24 (GNT)
Nobody knows the exact moment in time when Jesus will be coming back, however, we need to live everyday ready for His return! I thought it was interesting that the new Left Behind movie came out recently and that God’s Word today talks to this point to help me reinforce the importance of being ready! The importance that we are prepared at all times! Living like Jesus could come back at any moment rather than living like I have time before I need to be ready. Consider going on a trip, an important trip to an incredible destination…how would you prepare? What if you knew that when the time came if you weren’t ready, you couldn’t go? What if it was like a suitcase dance where your name gets pulled but you thought you could run home and get your bags, but discovered you couldn’t and lost out on a trip of a lifetime? You knew it was a suitcase dance. You knew the rules were that you would be swept from the restaurant to the airport where your private jet would take you away. What if you weren’t prepared! What would you expect? What would you feel like? What if they ended up having to give it away to someone else? Today’s reading is for bigger things! Missing out means being left behind! Being left behind means having to deal with suffering, distress, trouble, misery. Missing out means dealing with the loss of so many and so much. So will you be ready so that you won’t miss out?
How about if you knew you would get another chance if you missed it? You just have to press through the trials, the suffering, the distress, the trouble, the misery and that you would get one last chance! What would you do then? How about if it didn’t happen yet, but now you know?
Everyday we are faced with choices! So choose wisely! It has great implications on what can and will be, on what could or should be! Let’s not be surprised! Let’s no live a way that we will have regrets! Let’s grab a hold of the plans God has for us and live it out to the full!
The Faithful or the Unfaithful Servant(Luke 12.41-48)
45“Who, then, is a faithful and wise servant? It is the one that his master has placed in charge of the other servants to give them their food at the proper time. 46How happy that servant is if his master finds him doing this when he comes home! 47Indeed, I tell you, the master will put that servant in charge of all his property. 48But if he is a bad servant, he will tell himself that his master will not come back for a long time, 49and he will begin to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50Then that servant’s master will come back one day when the servant does not expect him and at a time he does not know. 51The master will cut him in pieces and make him share the fate of the hypocrites. There he will cry and gnash his teeth.
~ from Matthew 24 (GNT)
Don’t lose hope! There is a way! this is a hope! And it is Jesus! Today’s reading continues into Romans with this wisdom:
The Conflict in Us
14We know that the Law is spiritual; but I am a mortal, sold as a slave to sin. 15I do not understand what I do; for I don’t do what I would like to do, but instead I do what I hate. 16Since what I do is what I don’t want to do, this shows that I agree that the Law is right. 17So I am not really the one who does this thing; rather it is the sin that lives in me. 18I know that good does not live in me—that is, in my human nature. For even though the desire to do good is in me, I am not able to do it. 19I don’t do the good I want to do; instead, I do the evil that I do not want to do. 20If I do what I don’t want to do, this means that I am no longer the one who does it; instead, it is the sin that lives in me. 21So I find that this law is at work: when I want to do what is good, what is evil is the only choice I have. 22My inner being delights in the law of God. 23But I see a different law at work in my body—a law that fights against the law which my mind approves of. It makes me a prisoner to the law of sin which is at work in my body. 24What an unhappy man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is taking me to death? 25Thanks be to God, who does this through our Lord Jesus Christ!This, then, is my condition: on my own I can serve God’s law only with my mind, while my human nature serves the law of sin.
~ from Romans 7 (GNT)
We are saved by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ! Not by works so that nobody can boast! For God so loved the World that He gave His one and only Son, not to condemn the world, but that through Him they might be saved!
So there still is hope! It’s a matter of choice! Whom shall you serve?