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Always Be Ready

Luke 12:40

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You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

Luke 12:40 NIV

Someday I will leave this life behind. It may be when I die and go to be with my Lord. Or it may be when the Lord returns for his people. While the timing for my departure is unknown, its certainty is not.

But I wonder, how would I respond if I knew with certainty that I would be departing this life in exactly one year? One month? Or one week? Would I race to check off as much as possible from my bucket list? Would I get more serious about “cleaning up” my life? Would I look ahead to that date with fear and dread? Or with eager anticipation? What about you?

What if, instead of warning you, Jesus just knocked on your front door and invited you to move to the place he had prepared for you (John 14:2-3)? Would you jump at the opportunity, going without hesitation? Or make excuses why today would not be a good time?

The truth is, we do not usually get any warning. Instead, we are told to always be ready. That does not mean I should sell everything and sit on a mountain waiting for him. It does mean that I should live each moment as if, in the next moment, I might be standing before him.

Always be ready, looking forward to that day when he takes us to be with him forever.

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Ed Jarrett

Just an old clay jar that God continues to see fit to use in his kingdom's work. I am retired, married with 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. I have followed Jesus for many years. And I love to share what He has given me from His word.

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