KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 24:44. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
No one knows the hour that the Lord shall return. The scriptures caution us to live in readiness of His coming. In Matt 24:45, HE gives the children of the kingdom a clue. He says we must be wise and faithful servants.
To be wise means to incline your heart and ear to whatever the word says. It means to tremble at the word of God. To be wise also means forsaking sin in any form. One sin that takes most people unawares is unforgiveness.
The other qualities for preparation is to be faithful servants. No child of God must be idle doing nothing. The Lord talked about the servant who faithfully took care of the people, God had placed in his care. Everyone has something to do. Do every work in the house of God faithfully.
There are some people who know so much in the bible yet, they will not join any church, nor play any role in establishing souls for Christ. I wish to ask such people; what specific work are they doing in anticipation for the Lord’s return? Do not deceive yourself.
Luke 19:13. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come”. God has made an investment in each one of us, and so, please, make use of it
Apostle Paul also teaches us how we could live in readiness for the coming of the master. In 2 Timothy 4:1-8, he admonishes pastor Timothy about how-to live-in readiness of the coming of the master.
From 2 Tim 4:1-8 we learn that;
1. We must preach the word at every available opportunity.
2.We must reprove, rebuke with all long-suffering and doctrine
3. We must be on the alert in everything (so that we are not deceived) ,
4. We must endure affliction and make full prove of our ministry.
5. We must also do the work of an evangelist.
Apostle Paul said he was ready to be killed because he had fought the good fight, finished his course and had kept the faith. We must fight the good fight and keep the faith till the end.
THOUGHT: FAITHFUL SERVICE KEEPS YOU READY
1 Corinthians 15:58.”Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
2 Timothy 4:5. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”