We Must Be Ready
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
Matt. 24:44 (Holman) This is why you also must be ready, because the
Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
“Be ready.” Jesus “may come at any time and must come at some time” (Maclaren). We don’t know precisely when. In light of death and the Second Coming, we can be assured we have a relatively short time to live. We may have more time than we expect, but we also may have less time.
The way to stay ready is to live in unbroken friendship with Jesus. Our best hope of enjoying Him in the future is to enjoy Him in the present.
When we regularly contemplate Jesus’ coming, we are forced to think of Him every day. If we are staying ready for Him, every day is a Jesus day.
Let me illustrate. Many people visit Springfield. I rarely ponder their arrival. But if my parents come, my life suddenly kicks into high gear.
My relationship with them makes their coming important. At the same time, knowing they are coming heightens my relationship with them.
Do we think on His Coming? Is it having a kickback effect of keeping us close to Jesus? Do we remember a time we were closer to God than now?
Do we feel ourselves faltering a bit? By God’s grace we do not totally stumble overnight. We go from doing things in the spirit to doing them in the flesh and then fall. God gives us time to ex