Today’s reading is –
Matthew 24: 44 – “You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.“ (NLT)
Extended reading: Matthew 24: 45 – 51
If there is anything that scares me more, it is the thought that Christ will come when I am most comfortable. Comfortable in my routines, in my daily grind. Because it is when I am most comfortable, I don’t think of Jesus’ coming or His call. After all, I am living my life and seem to be enjoying it.
It is one of Satan’s greatest tricks – to make us comfortable in our lifestyles. We don’t like the intrusions and enjoy our time of peace. The whole process of schooling, education and the rat race is to bring comfort to our everyday lives. To bring food to the table, clothe our bodies, bring that roof over our head. Sometimes, even have another room over it. We live lives comfort to comfort. Once we have achieved a level of comfort, we strive for the next. Bigger cars. Bigger house. Fatter paychecks. We go around looking for the next best thing.
What are we called for? Jesus, before His ascension to heaven, came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28: 18 – 20)
Jesus didn’t tell us to get comfortable. He didn’t say, “Settle down in your lives and you will get your crown!”.
When He addresses the churches in Revelation, listen to His words:
To the church in Ephesus: “I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance.” (Revelation 2: 2)
To the church in Smyrna: “I know about your suffering and your poverty—but you are rich! I know the blasphemy of those opposing you.” (Revelation 2: 9)
To the church in Pergamum: “I know that you live in the city where Satan has his throne, yet you have remained loyal to me. You refused to deny me even when Antipas, my faithful witness, was martyred among you there in Satan’s city.” (Revelation 2: 13)
To the church in Thyatira: “I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things.” (Revelation 2: 19)
None of those churches were commended because they led comfortable lives. What makes us think we can get away with it?
We are not called to simply wait for tomorrow. We are to get ready for it!
What do I pray?
Lord, move me. Move this world through me. Open my eyes so I can see Your majesty. I accept Your will in my life and bow down to Your plans for me. Use me for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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