Mark 13:32-37: Stay on the job.

32 ‘But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert[a]! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: he leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. 35 ‘Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back – whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the cock crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: “Watch!”’NIV

How do you prepare for Christ’s second coming? Well, stick to your ‘’assigned task’’ (34). Stay awake on the job, and keep doing what you’ve been given to do. Don’t get into wild speculation and theological flights of fancy. Keep your feet on the ground and get on with the job in hand. That responsibility has been given to you by ‘’the owner of the house’’ and He will ‘’come back’’ (35), but you don’t know when. So, keep at it.

‘Many Christians spend time trying to predict when Christ will come again. This is folly. They’d be better off spending their time doing the work Christ has given them to do instead of wondering when He is going to come again…Let us not say to ourselves: ‘’He will not come soon.I have time to get ready. I’ll sleep a little longer. I’ll witness to that person another time. I’ll do that good deed some other day. I’ll give up that sin tomorrow’’…We need to test ourselves by asking ourselves this question: If an angel from heaven were to tell us today that Christ was going to come next week, or next month, would we live our lives any differently? If the answer is ‘’Yes,’’ then we are not watching, we are not ready.’ Tom Hale: ‘The Applied New Testament Commentary’, p.271.

PRAYER: Lord, I want to live in such a way that I will not be ashamed at your coming. Please help me.