Recently I’ve been thinking much on the words of Jesus, “Be on guard, keep awake;” “…stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come…” (Mark 13: 33, 35). Events in the world today seem to be leading more briskly to the return of Jesus, marking the end of this age.
It has been 2000 years since His departure in the clouds. It’s so easy to lapse into complacent thinking, to dismiss the return He promised as words we must have misunderstood. It’s alluringly simple to live as if this world that’s before our eyes is all there is.
And even though His return seems to be taking forever, His promised second coming will happen. I can be sure because “it is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18). He told us it would be so, and we can count on Him to keep His word. Would I live differently if I really believed His return might be tomorrow? Would I pay closer attention to His Word and His purposes in these bewildering times of ours? Would you?
I do not want to be short-sighted, unmindful, or unwatchful. I long to live every day as if it might be the long-awaited day that will bring the call of the trumpet, which my ears are straining to hear. I want my mind to unswervingly remember He who sees and hears and records all is coming again.
Be expectant as He commanded. His return could be today!