“Be on guard; don’t immerse yourselves in a life of pleasure and drunkenness and worldly cares and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth.
Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” 🙏Luke 21:34-36
Peace and good to all.
If I may share my insights on the above gospel of our Lord.
Vigilance and Prayer, these are the two things Jesus has told us to have in order to be prepared when we meet Him again.
As believers of Christ, we know that based from the scriptures, the Lord could come at any moment and we ought to be ready. We always have to be on guard for the return of the Son of Man could occur or happen at anytime.
The return of the Son of Man for those who believe in Him is something to look forward to with great anticipation for this would mean that we would be able to finally see and be with our saviour whom we have been waiting for so long.
To the unbelievers, this would mean, however, a calamity, destruction, something scary and gruesome to think about. And why, do they think that way, in the first place? Because despite the warnings given in the scriptures, the unbelievers cannot give up their worldly life, they live differently and irresponsibly, without regard to our Lord. Such a pity.
We believers, are not immune to this. Temptations and the deceiving luster of worldly life may lead us to live irresponsibly. When we start to take our eyes from Jesus, we tend to forget His soon return, our values change, our priorities shift, and soon we live irresponsibly like how unbelievers live their lives. That’s why Jesus tells us to PRAY.
Prayer and God’s word would be our weapons to fight distractions and freedom from worldly desires. Pray that we may be able to fight off all this worldly distractions. Remember always that we can only remain faithful to God through incessant prayer and through the Word of God.
I believe that when we are in great anticipation in the coming of our Lord; when we are full of zest to see Him and looking forward to stand before Him, when we have the confidence to stand before Him, then we know that we are indeed in constant connection with our Lord.
Otherwise, the second coming of our Lord will be something we would not want to talk about nor even think about, because we know that we are unprepared for that moment to come due to our unbelief and of being weak to give up our worldly desires.
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world” (1 John 2:15-16).
Are you prepared to meet Jesus?
May God be with you.