Reading through Mark 13:32-37 with a couple of guys tonight, and reminded of complacency, and short-sightedness.
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 cock crows, or in the morning- lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: STAY AWAKE.
Does the truth that Jesus IS coming back, very often enter your mind? Do you even believe that Jesus will return to this earth as He promised He would? One of the things a guy mentioned at our Bible study group tonight is that it sometimes seems there’s a perception that people who talk often about Jesus’ return are “apocalyptic nuts”. But that simply shouldn’t be the case!
Is it that we don’t believe He’s coming back in my lifetime, or today, or tonight, or is it that I simply don’t think He’s actually coming back? I think I would live my life a lot differently if that truth were part of the forefront of my thoughts. Or to realize that Jesus, who is what our souls long for, who is what we should set all of our hope on, will physically do what He says He will.
“Living in expectation of Christ’s return stirs us to be ready, and help make others ready.” -Tobias
We need a paradigm shift. To recognize that we were given an assignment by the Master, and to stay on task, eagerly awaiting the return of the King.
Relevantly, we need to be reminded of the numerous times that Scripture says that we are like grass, or breath, or mist, that appears briefly and then fades away. When was the last time I faced up to the reality that I may take my last breath on this earth tonight? Surely these are not “fun” thoughts, or part of common conversation. But the fact is that they are real. And as I’ve been half-jokingly quoting since Indianapolis Christmas Conference, “Reality is our friend.”
In the book of Revelation, one of the last things John records is: “He (Jesus) who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” -Revelation 22:20
On a lighter note, today was my first official day of my (not-so) hardest class of the quarter…bowling. It’s a pretty sweet class, walk a couple of hundred feet from our house with Nick, and throw a few frames. First game of the quarter: 142.