“You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming
at an hour you do not expect.” – Luke 12:40
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
Toward the end of November and the beginning of December the debate begins about the proper time for setting up Christmas decorations. There are some who think it is right to wait until after Thanksgiving, while others will say you have to wait until December. Then you have those on the extreme side of the debate who think once November comes then it is time to start decorating. Or there is always that one family that leaves their lights on all year long (full disclosure, we were that family one year). There is one thing all these people have: anticipation about the Christmas season. They are all looking forward to it; some just get ready sooner.
As believers we can find joy in the first coming of Jesus, when He came as a baby to live a life we couldn’t and free us from our bondage of sin. However, we are also called to be anticipating the Second Coming of Christ. When this is going to happen is unknown to us. But we are called to live our lives in a way that expects Jesus to come at any moment. As believers we can anticipate this coming similarly to how we get ready for Christmas. There can be some believers who always seem ready; they always have their lights on. The Second Coming is always on their minds. Or you have others that only think about Jesus coming again when things are terrible around the world, or when they hear a message about His coming again. Then lastly, there are believers that don’t give much thought at all to the Second Coming.
Scripture tells us to always be ready because it could happen at any moment. What does this mean? Do we walk around always looking to the sky? We are to live our lives in a way that matters for an eternal purpose. How would our priorities change if we always kept the Second Coming in the front of our minds? Would we act differently? Would we treat people differently? Would we spend our time differently? Our task is to live for God and remember what matters, making disciples and spreading the Gospel. Enjoy the life we have but remember that there is something even greater that is to come, and it is that life that we prepare for even now.