“When will they be here?” I asked my mother for the umpteenth time.
“Soon,” she said.
“That’s what you said last time! When is soon?”
Our family lived in Savannah, Georgia and my aunt and uncle were driving down from Alexandria, Virginia to visit us. The house was ready; the food prepared, and the day had arrived. My sister and I strained our eyes watching our road for the first sign of our cousins’ station wagon.
Once the expected day dawned, waiting the hours for their arrival felt like an eternity. Especially when we had to keep the house clean.
I’m not sure my mother felt that way. When you are the hostess, there is always plenty to do before your guests arrive.
The Return of Jesus Is Soon
With all the global chaos that is happening, I’ve heard many ask if this could be the year Jesus returns. The birth pangs signaling His return are coming closer to each other (Matt. 24:6-14). And Jesus Himself said,
Look, I am coming soon” (Rev. 22:12 NLT).
Jesus told us to live as if He could return any moment. He has promised that He is coming and will reward all those He finds ready to welcome Him.
Jesus said, ‘Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning, as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks. The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded. I tell you the truth, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat! He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn. But whenever he comes, he will reward the servants who are ready’” (Luke 12:35-38 NLT).
We think of “soon” as meaning in a short time. But the word can also mean quickly, suddenly, or fast. It’s been 2000 years since Jesus promised to return, so the second meaning makes sense here.We think of “soon” as meaning in a short time. But it can also mean quickly, suddenly, or fast. It’s been 2000 years since Jesus promised to return, so the second meaning makes sense here. #Hope, #Ready Click To Tweet
The prophesies that must happen before His return are fulfilled. He’s at the door, ready to step in. His return will occur in the blink of an eye.
When company rings the doorbell, it’s too late to shower or pick up the house. It’s time to greet them. Jesus said He’s coming soon. When He steps through the door, it will be too late to finish our chores or ready ourselves. Now, is the time to be busy in the work He has left us to do (Luke 12:42-46).
Anticipating His soon arrival clarifies our focus. May He find His bride ready and full of faith when He returns for her. I can’t wait!