““But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!””
Mark 13:32-37 NKJV
Best to be on the ready.
The early church had a profound sense that the Lord Jesus could return at anytime. They went about sharing the faith with an urgency. They went about living out the faith and allowed little to interfere with the work. That sense of urgency caused the believers to live, live and pursue the things of God with an a deliberate focus.
The deliberate focus allowed them to approach each day as it could be the day that the Lord came back. They were passionate. That passion propelled them. As time went on and that sense of the imminent faded, Many had their passion fade and much impurity entered the church.
The deliberate became the rote: people did the things of God through obligation and tradition, with little passion. It had become routine, a box that is checked as one proceeds through life.
We have forgotten that we are servants serving a Master who has gone away to prepare a place for us. He could return at any moment. It is wise to daily take heed and watch. Many are not watching and not heeding. I sometimes think that people have found themselves in a state where they have forgotten to look forward to Christ’s coming.
The early church was different from the rest of the culture. Living in Christ was a daily part of the everyday life. It covered every aspect of life and was a first reference as they made decisions, reacted to things in the world and interacted with the culture.
All who dealt with them knew that they were believers. It was clear.
There are seasons in my life where I have found myself with my eyes on the things at hand and not on the soon coming of the Lord. My passion wanes and my daily life issues have preeminent status and tie up my emotional investment.
It took crisis to draw my attention to the heavenlies and continuing crises has left me transfixed and expectant, even yearning for the coming of the Lord.
As one takes heed of the circumstances of the world, it easy to see that change is coming For the believer it should be a call to be active. When we came to Christ, we were not saved to hug the pew and do as little as possible. We are to boldly go and share the Gospel and multiply.
There is an urgency to be about the Father’s business. I feel like the Lord could come back any moment and I want I be found doing what He saved me to do. The tide is changing and everything in the world appears as a carpet, rolling up and coming to completion. There is much wreckage and the are many listed among the collateral damage. If ever there was a time to be about the Lords work it is now.
““And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.””
Revelation 22:12-13 NKJV