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Discovering God's Kingdom – Growing the Church

Monday 4 May

The Day and Hour Unknown – Are You Prepared?

When I was listening to the morning service on Radio 4, I’m not quite sure what triggered my thoughts but they were very much along the lines of, Wouldn’t it have been far better if we had had some notice that the country was going to be put into lockdown so quickly and for such a long time?’

For example, I could have had discussions regarding what A/V equipment we needed in order to broadcast services over the internet and then bought it and tried it out to see if it worked. We could have made some elaborate plans to be sure that we had everyone’s telephone number and or email addresses (data protection permitting) who might have wanted a call and/or help during the lockdown. I certainly would have bought more cat litter! Isn’t It amazing the things that we usually take for granted and if we were being truly honest, I feel that we so that we were all caught out in one way or another. Isn’t hindsight just wonderful?

Yet there is one event highlighted in the Bible that will happen and that we too should be prepared – so no one can say that they weren’t warned. The event is the coming of the Son of Man and the necessity for watchfulness and is outlined in the following passage from Matthew 24: 26-42:

But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.

So are you prepared? Are you keeping watch for the coming of the Son of Man? In this instance we have been alerted and given time to prepare. Whether we do or not is entirely up to us.

The passage above continues with examples through to the end of Matthew 25 of how we can prepare and also warnings if we don’t. I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me. Then they will go away to eternal punishment but the righteous to eternal life.

So, are you prepared and keeping watch for the coming of the Son of Man or will you be left regretting that you didn’t take action before He arrived? The choice is yours.