But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.
Many years ago (after dinosaurs roamed the earth but before cell phones), a guy who lived near me (we’ll call him Josh) had what he thought was a great idea. His parents went out of town on a business trip, and he decided to throw a big party. Josh lived well out of town on a farm that had a barn, and at the top of that barn was an apartment. So Josh had a massive party, and dozens of kids from school showed up and brought their beverages of choice. (You can probably figure out what they were.)
From Josh’s perspective, the party was a big success. All of the coolest people were there, and everyone had a great time, so much so that he and his two closest friends were still sleeping it off the next morning. That just happened to be the morning when Josh’s parents returned a day early. Because he thought he had a day to recover, Josh hadn’t bothered to pick up the bottles and cans and other debris left by his less-than-careful party guests. That evidence was strewn everywhere for his parents to see, and the trail pretty much led to the apartment, where a very surprised Josh and friends were found still asleep. (At this point, you can fill in the blank with the punishment you think he got. If memory serves, it was severe and lasting.)
Today’s scripture tells another story of people who will be surprised one day. Jesus says that not even He knows the date of His return. Because of that, He says that we should always be ready because that moment could be now … or now … or now. It could be 100 or 1,000 years away. Or it could be tomorrow. So our hearts should stay close to the Lord so that we’re prepared, no matter when He comes.
You could be like Josh and his party buddies, trying to time out the exact moment to get everything ready. Or you could be like Josh’s parents expected him to be and do the right thing, obeying their wishes and keeping the house in order.
Is your spiritual house in order? Are you ready for the Lord’s return right now? If not, today is the perfect day to clean up your heart so that it’s prepared for Him when He comes back.
Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt
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