Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.
Christians who get tired of being Christ-like, easily distracted by our worldly comforts and treasures, or overwhelmed with worry have stopped being firm in their resolve to follow Christ. That’s why Paul gives us this awesome piece of advice and encouragement:
Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith. (Galatians 6:8-10)
Believers who live as they should, to please and trust God without wavering, won’t be surprised, shocked, embarrassed, guilty, unprepared, or ashamed when Jesus returns. We’re expecting HIM eagerly every single day! But Believers who are shrinking in their faith, giving up, unthankful, disobedient, and distracted by this life are going to be shocked and freaking out at Christ’s return like a person who has just been robbed.
It isn’t God’s plan for Jesus’ return to be a scary, embarrassing, shameful experience for his Children. Just the opposite. And we are looking forward to saying, “Ahhh, here you are,” not “AHHHH, what are you doing here!!!??!!!”
Dear Lord Jesus,
Help me not live a blind comfortable life but to be expecting you every single day. I don’t want to be caught off guard, disappointed or embarrassed when you return. Thank you that you are returning so that I can be with you where you are forever! I like that fact so much. I love you and thank you in your name. Amen.