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You Too, Be Ready

April 7, 2019

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You Too, Be Ready

The teacher can tell the students  to be ready  for a test  on the next day.     But,  we all know  that many will not get ready.     Some get distracted  with their sports  or music.     Some claim  they did not hear the teacher make the announcement — even though it was written  on the board.     Others claim  they just had to take care  of some other duties  and didn’t have time (They watched TV.).     And yet others will claim  to have studied the wrong pages.

In Luke 12: 39-40,  Jesus says,

And  be sure  of this,  that if the head  of the house  had known  at what hour  the thief was coming,  he would not have allowed his house  to be broken into.

You too, be ready;  for the Son of Man is coming  at an hour  that you do not expect.

In the whole context  of these verses,  Jesus tells about His second coming  to this earth  and how it is vital  that we all be ready.     We don’t look around us and say,  “Well,  he’s not getting ready  and she’s not getting ready.     So,  why should I be getting ready?     After all,  Jesus said this 2,000 years ago  and He hasn’t come yet.”    

Even if no one else around us is paying attention  to God’s word,  we know exactly  what God has told us  to do.     Therefore,  as a respectful child  of God,  we do need  to be ready  for Jesus’ coming   throughout our whole lives.     Jesus promises blessings  for all who obey this command — and eternal condemnation  for all who arrogantly disregard  this command.     That’s somewhat like the teacher  who tells the students,  “Everyone who passes this test  will pass the whole course,  and everyone who flunks this test  will flunk the whole course.”

That should get everyone’s attention.     But,  it’s often not taken seriously.     So,  the question might be — what should we base our reaction on?     Forget about what others are doing.     Do we have good reason  to not pay any attention  to Jesus’ command?

As we look  at all of God’s promises  in the Bible,  we see that He definitely keeps His promises  right down to the smallest detail.     That is a big hint.     We do need  to take Jesus’ word  very seriously.     We need  to be ready  for His second coming.     We will be ready  as we let God make us strong  in the true faith,  hope,  and love.     We need  to consider God’s love for us  in Christ,  and live according to the love  and salvation  we have received.     In whatever trials we have to face  in this world,  we need  to stand strong  in God’s eternal truths,  so that God’s name will be glorified  for all that He has done  for us.

Then,  we will receive His reward  and say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  You have done all things  for me  in Jesus Christ.     May I always live  for You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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