The Bible Says Much About Being Ready When Christ Returns

By W. C. Moore

    Jesus, the Head of the Church, says in Revelation 3:11, “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”

    In Matthew 24:44-46 we read, “Therefore be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.   Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his Lord has made ruler over His household, to give them meat in due season?   Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord when He cometh shall find so doing.”

    Hebrews 9:28 says, “Unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”   The expression, “Look for Him” may be paraphrased to read “to expect Him fully,” “to look (wait) for Him.”

    In Mark 13:34-37 we read, “For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the Master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”

    After we are saved, Jesus is our Lord and master as well as our Saviour (John 13:13-17). We ought to keep in touch with our Lord, to follow the leadings of the Holy Spirit, and to take the Word of God as a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Ps. 119:105).   Our whole attitude should be one of alertness, watchfulness, and holiness unto the Lord.

    We read in Luke 19:12-13: “He said therefore, a certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.” We are to keep busy in the Lord’s will and in His service till He returns!

    Jesus says, “To every man his work” (Mark 13:34).   Each Christian, each saved person, has a work to do. And each saved person has to give an account of what he has done at the judgment seat of Christ! (Read Romans 14:10-13; 2 Cor. 5:10-12). God not only wants us to begin a Christian life--but also to press on! (Phil. 3:14).

    May God, for Jesus’ sake, help us, one and all, young and old, to take heed to ourselves, lest at any time our hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon us unawares. “For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass and to stand before the Son of man” (See Luke 21:34-36).

    “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:13-14).

    May the Lord help us to obey these commands of His!