(This is day twenty-three of the Rediscovering the Christmas Season Advent Study that can be found here. You don’t have to start at the beginning. In fact, you can jump in any time or go in any order. Care to join?)
See? This is precisely why I need accountability. I totally missed doing devotional yesterday. I hate days like that. I looked at yesterday, today, and tomorrow and picked tomorrow to do today, since I’ve not been doing this on weekends. How is it going for everyone?
Read Matthew 25.
What do you think is the main point of this chapter. What can you do to be ready for Christ’s Second Advent? Do y’all remember those Nike (I think) commercials about “I wanna be like Mike?” When I think about getting ready for Christ’s return, I think about that, about how I should be more like Jesus. I shouldn’t judge but should help. I should be loving, not critical. I should be like Him. Easy to say. Hard to do. The point of the chapter is that we have no idea when He is coming back, but we should be always ready. It could be two seconds from now.
How are you preparing for Jesus’ return? Am I? I’m waiting expectantly, that’s for sure. It’s not that this world is so awful. It’s that I miss Him. I’m ready to see Him face to face. I’m sort of tired of the “veil” that stands between us. It’s like, the older I get, the more I realize my earthly end isn’t THE end, and He is on the other side. What will it be like to see Him face to face? Can’t wait. But I do need to do more to be ready, and that likely includes being more vocal with people I love who AREN’T ready. God, give me that boldness and love!
How would your life be different if you knew Jesus was returning at midnight tonight? I should be on the phone with a lot of people, huh? Sometimes, though, that feels hopeless to me. That’s a doubt in me, a lack of faith in the Holy Spirit. I’d definitely need to be asking what God wanted me to do. The honest truth, and the selfish part of me is showing here, is that I’d probably be huddled up with my family having one giant countdown to midnight. And, while that is expectation, it’s probably not the action He wants.