“So you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly like a thief in the night… let us be alert and self-controlled.” 1 Thessalonians 5:2,6
You’re in a sound sleep as your alarm begins to go off, you jump up confused, completely out of it, not knowing where you are or what’s going on…sound familiar? It’s probably happened to all of us at least a couple times, but it’s the last state that God wants to find us in when He returns. God is calling up to wake up. We do not know the day nor the hour. We must always be ready. In reading these verses, I realized “being ready” isn’t necessarily just talking about being saved(even though definitely part of it!), but truly living for Christ upon His arrival. As being part of an athletic team, it is easy to relate. Imagine two scenarios. One in which you score the final goal for your team, as you all go on to win the championship game. And one in which you decided to skip the game because something “better” came up, and your team still wins the game. Now when the time comes to accept your championship rings or medals, in either situation you will still get one..but which scenario would you feel worthy of it? deserving? proud? Which one do you think your coach would be more thankful and happier to you? Just being “part of the team” isn’t going to make Jesus say “Well done my good and faithful servant”, but instead, living the part out day in and day out, furthering His kingdom in any way. Christ doesn’t want us to be complacent, to settle for just what’s good enough..He desires us to be awake, living on fire for Him. If you feel that you have become complacent in any area of your life, or just feel as if you may have “fallen asleep” lately when it comes to living for and spending time with Him, allow the truth of this verse to empower you to move, to seek God on what more you could be doing. He is calling each and every one of us to wake up..and He desires us to listen before it is too late.