Day 3, Week 5 of Come, Lord Jesus, Come (A Love God Greatly Study) – STAY ALERT
Scripture Reading: Matthew 24 (SOAP – Matthew 24:42-44)
“Therefore stay alert, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have been alert and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.Matthew 24:42-44
I realize that our observations are all beginning to sound alike, “Stay alert”, “Be ready”, “He’s coming soon”, “He will come when we least expect it”, … which may make it tempting to skip over the repetitious passages or perhaps even look to see if I accidentally repeated a lesson (trust me, I looked this morning, just to make sure I wasn’t repeating one – lol). The fact of the matter is that Scripture repeats itself, in part because the Gospel writers tended to share similar events but in large part because God is making a point that is vitally important for us to hear and not forget. So as tempting as it is to skip over this long passage from Matthew, I encourage you to read it through from beginning to end. Soak in the details and take note of the warning to be found living in a way that the Master finds pleasing.
Application: So What Does This Mean For Us?
My take away observations from today are also my application or what this passage means for us …
- The repeated phrase to – “Stay Alert”
- Jesus will come when we DO NOT EXPECT HIM!
- So – We must live as though He could return today!
- And, just like Jesus and His disciples did, share the message with others so that they will also be prepared.
Prayer: Response to God’s Word
Father, the end times can seem both exciting and daunting. They can leave us wondering and wishing we knew when. Help us simply to keep our eyes on You and to carry out the mission that You gave to all of Your disciples – to take the Gospel, the story about Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and impending return to all the world. May we be the faithful and wise slave described in the passage today so that we do not have to shrink back in fear – but rejoice in Your good pleasure when You see that the thief did not break in and steal.
Reflection: Your Turn
What are some ways you are currently living on mission for our Lord while you wait for His return?