Coming, ready or not…

Have you ever played this game, Coming, ready or not? We used to play it all the time as children. One person closes their eyes, turns their back to the group and counts to 100. The other children run to find the best hiding place and settle in to wait.

It seems to take forever for the leader to get to 100, but eventually the cry goes out, “Coming, ready or not” and those in hiding wait ever so quietly, hoping not to be found.

All of our Christian lives we have been told (and have believed) that Jesus is coming back to take us home to heaven. Many have come and gone in the meantime, and the years also have come and gone.

We have seen the “wars and rumors of wars” that Jesus predicted, as well as “great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.” – Luke 21:11

We have seen monster storms and tornados, earthquakes and tsunamis, volcanoes erupting and the Yellowstone caldera threatening, Fukishima threatening a huge nuclear explosion, a blood moon tetrad on the Jewish high, holy days, which will culminate in a super blood moon on September 28, 2015.

There is political upheaval, economic collapse, and social and religious compromise, in favor of a ‘New World Order’.

We would all love to know when exactly the Lord is coming, but we know that no one knows the day or the hour. The important thing is that we are ready when He comes.

So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. – Matthew 24:44

So then, what must we do to be ready? Certainly, we must have repented of sin and asked the Lord Jesus to forgive us. He is the One who paid for our sin through His death on the cross.

However, the Bible says work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.…Philippians 2:12,13

So having received God’s gift of salvation, we then need to devote our lives to loving and serving Him, doing things His way…instead of our own.

Last night I had a dream. A friend of mine, who was in a lot of pain following surgery, was asking for prayer at church. The pastor, who was about to pray for her, said: “before I pray, is there anyone you need to say sorry to?”

Now we know that God is big on forgiveness. He has forgiven us all our sin, and He expects us to forgive one another. However, this seems to be the next step in forgiveness. You may have forgiven the people who hurt, cheated, robbed or betrayed you, but have you said sorry to those whom you have hurt?

Sometimes it’s not even that we were in the wrong. Maybe you faced a moral dilemma, and you acted on what you thought was right. Maybe you had no choice in the action you took. Yet from the other person’s point of view, you did the wrong thing.

Perhaps you need to say sorry, not for doing the wrong thing, but to simply acknowledge their point of view. Maybe it means saying sorry that things worked out the way they did, or sorry that you had to go through so much heartache. Whatever it is that God puts on your heart to do….JUST DO IT!

The truth is…Jesus IS coming…ready or not…

Are You Ready?

About The Author

Kerrie Price

I am a grandmother and a recently retired pastor. On my retirement I decided I needed a new interest in life and wanted to supplement my income. I have chosen to use my skills as a Christian Life Coach, and to learn new skills in the field of Internet Marketing, and though I haven't been on the journey very long, it has been a most interesting one. There is a great deal to learn and many wonderful people to meet via the Internet. I am enjoying this new stage of my life, and hope to help others who want to improve their circumstances and make a change for the better.

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