Are You Ready??? ~ The Rev. Lady Sherwood, OPI

Are you ready?

Concerning times and seasons, brothers and sisters, you have no need for anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come

like a thief at night. When people are saying, “Peace and security, ” then sudden disaster comes upon them, like labour pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness, for that day to overtake you like a thief.  For all of you are children of the light and children of the day.  We are not of the night or of darkness.

Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober.  1 Thes. 5: 1 – 6

As it tells us in 1 THES 5:1-6,, we know the that the Lord shall indeed come again and that as “Children of the light” we must stay “alert and sober”. We are not in darkness and should not let that day take us by surprise ,as it indeed shall for all those still in darkness and without the Lord truly in their lives. We must ensure then that we are fully prepared for the day of the Lord’s return in Glory. We need to remain watchful as the Lord’s children, so how is it that we truly can be prepared?

We need to be aware of our thoughts in our daily lives -(2 Cor 10:5). Many of us as humans seem to find it difficult to bring our thoughts into the “obedient captivity of God”. When we encounter evil or negative thoughts, we must fight against and rebuke them, instead filling all our thoughts with only the things that are good in the sight of God (Phil. 4:8).

We must be aware of all the unholy things which we may hear in the world, especially all the things that are against God, or are hateful or discriminatory in nature to our brothers and sisters. And “we must apply our hearts to instruction and our ears to words of knowledge”-(Prov. 23:12).

We must watch the way in which we speak in our lives because each of us at some point in our lives has spoken, even accidentally , in a way that has caused upset, hurt, or pain to others and this will be all taken into account on the Lord’s return. ” Everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matt. 12:36-37).

We must watch our actions and our works, ensuring that they are done only for God, with all our hearts and make sure that they are works that are Gloryifying to Him (Col. 3:23; I Cor. 10:31) Our works and actions speak far louder than words, so our works will be “heard” even more than our words. It is important that both work hand in hand for the Father’s Glory.

All of these things are vital if we are truly to be prepared for the return of the Lord. Let us correct any of these ways in which we are not fully prepared, ensuring that in His loving Grace and mercy, we may then live and serve him in eternity to his Glory.

With these things in mind, If the Lord returned today or tomorrow, would you be ready???

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