“Look, I will come as unexpectedly as a thief! Blessed are all who are watching for me, who keep their clothing ready so they will not have to walk around naked and ashamed.” 16:15
Because of verses like this (and also special shout out to the 90’s book series “Left Behind”), I have often day dreamed about Jesus’ return. Will I be arguing with someone? Will I be drinking a gigantic margarita? Will I be quietly reading my Bible and mediating? Will my clothes drop to the floor? Does this verse imply I need to pack some sort of overnight apocalypse bag?!
We don’t know what it will be like or when it will happen, which is exactly why we are told to anticipate it.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 tells us Christ’s return will come as unexpectedly and dreadful as a woman’s labor pains, which I can confirm is quite unpredictable. “So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clear headed.”
I realize it’s silly to fret about the moment Jesus comes back, because I believe he already sees and partake in my life, day to day. He knows about the arguments, occasional margarita and Bible reading. The text does remind me that this will all be over before I know it.
In what ways does your life show that you’re ready for Christ’s return?
In what ways does it show that you’re not?
Is there someone you need to share the gospel with? A sinful habit you need to ditch? Priorities you need to move around? Don’t wait. If the Holy Spirit is grabbing at your heart about this, act now.