….There He was.
So…time for me to “preach”….
I was sitting there, reading the Bible (AGAIN) when it suddenly struck me…IT COULD BE TODAY!
Indeed…it could be ANY TIME…day..night…during a shower… sitting on the porch…sleeping in bed…. HIS RETURN.
“However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.” -Mark 13:32
It could happen at ANY TIME…IS YOUR SOUL PREPARED? I can say without a hitch in my voice “NO”..reason?…I am not deluded to think that just because I am a cleric, or that because I am a Christian, that my soul is “saved”. Dogma, Doxology, Rhetoric can say “YES”…but HOW DO YOU REALLY KNOW??? See….YOU DON’T.
That is why it is IMPORTANT to live your life, EACH HOUR OF EACH DAY, as if THAT HOUR was the one He returned.
Holding onto grudges, hatred, enmity, sorrow, sadness, past pains… those will NOT make your soul ready. By LIVING His Word, by obeying His laws EVERY HOUR OF EVERY DAY…THAT WILL.
I have pondered what WOULD happen if suddenly He DID return..would the masses embrace Him? I doubt it…the “Churches” would denounce Him immediately until they had proof He was who He said He was… the Evangelists would think it was a plot by the Churches to sway them…the non believers would scorn and scoff…the politicians would attack or even worse, arrest and detain without counsel… (LOL!!!, like THAT would work, eh? 😀 ) and those of other faiths would simply see it as some sort of political agenda….trying to keep them from becoming some industrialized nation ( 😀 )
Truly, the mind BOGGLES at the thought….your doing the dishes, or sitting on the toilet, or feeding the dog..then *WHAM*, there He is…
“Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.” -Matthew 24:30
This is why I look over my shoulder whilst I walk… LOL…. seriously though, no one KNOWS….so…best to BE PREPARED, yes?
Another thought crossed my mind this morning whilst posting a cartoon..
WHEN He comes to claim those who have followed His precepts, His laws, and walked in His shadow as He commanded, what will others do??
How do we know He is not ALREADY AMONG US?? How do you know that homeless man with his hand outstretched is not He?? He appeared MANY times in guises unknown to even His DISCIPLES…and they recognized Him NOT…
“Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.” -Mark 16:14
“When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.” -Matthew 28:17
“Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country.
These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either.” -Mark 16:12-13
“After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. …” -1 Corinthians 15:6-7
How do you KNOW??? YOU DON’T…you CANNOT know…hence why it is SO VERY IMPORTANT to treat each person with love, kindness, understanding, tolerance, peace, and help them if they are needing it.
Jesus could be that homeless man…that woman needing help lifting her bags to cross the street….that child crying in the alleyway..that woman sitting there in despair..
“God talks and we listen. We then talk to God and then God listens.” -Saint Catherine of Siena
“In everything, whether it is a thing sensed or a thing known, God Himself is hidden within.” -St. Bonaventure
“One must see God in everyone.” -St. Catherine Laboure
Sure, you say, it is easy for YOU to say this because you are His servant….not so….it took a real LEAP OF FAITH for ME to believe.
It did not happen to me overnight either…the stark warning in the Scriptures is what changed me…literally THAT MINUTE…I realized, to my utter shock, that because I DID NOT KNOW WHEN HE WAS COMING my soul was (and still is) NOT prepared.
There are so many works I STILL need to do in order to even be able to stand in His presence should He decide NOW (yes, even before you finish reading this message) was His time to come, my soul was so STAINED with doubts, fears, anxiety…yes, even I HAVE THEM…and I am working on them minute by minute….yes, for THAT is what it takes..working EVERY SINGLE MINUTE of EVERY SINGLE HOUR to ensure that I TRY to walk according to His Word.
This is the very substance of BEING His servant….to set the example so that others may follow….
“Be sure that you first preach by the way you live. If you do not, people will notice that you say one thing, but live otherwise, and your words will bring only cynical laughter and a derisive shake of the head.” -St. Charles Borromeo
So…ready or not…HE IS COMING..maybe not THIS SECOND…maybe not THIS HOUR…maybe not even this YEAR…but then again, even MYSELF shudders at the thought of meeting Him unprepared…
So..still think that argument you THINK you won is worth it?? Still think that deed left undone can WAIT??
I pray you have the time…for that is all we have…BORROWED TIME.. we live by HIS grace…and should He, without warning, suddenly appear, can YOU face Him with a clear conscience??
If not, better get cracking…I know I AM…..