Today's Reading - Mark 13
I’ve at times been fascinated reading about one group or another’s prophecies about the end times. Headlines say “World ending on this date…..PREPARE!” In all honesty, I’ve laughed about all these folks preparing for a certain date their group believes will be the end of the world as we know it. I guess the funny part to me is them thinking they know the exact date. The not so funny part is they are preparing, and we should all be doing that too. Every day we should be prepared for Jesus. He really could come today or tomorrow. Would we be ready? Have we really thought about what that would mean?
Jesus tells us in our reading today that we are to be on guard, and alert. That no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, when he will return. He tells us about a man going away and putting his servants in charge, each with an assigned task. He tells the one at the door to keep watch. They don’t know exactly when the owner will return, whether in the evening or at midnight, maybe at dawn. If he comes home suddenly, it would be bad if he found the servants sleeping. Maybe the door would be locked and no one would be there to let the owner in. If he was tired from the journey and wanted something to eat, it’s not so good if the cook has gone to bed and left nothing out. I’m a big fan of Downton Abby. When I think of this story in that context, what in the world would happen if the Earl of Grantham returned from a trip and Carson and Mrs. Hughes were fast asleep? I’m thinking things would not go so well for them!
Will things go well for us when Jesus returns?
When He returns will he find us sleeping or will he find us prepared?
What kinds of things should we be doing to be ready?
Are we keeping the commandments he gave us ?
Are we loving God and loving others as ourselves in every way we can imagine?
Ok put down the Bible and live this week like it was the last!
by Mary Vinson
Webmaster note: This post actually considers our reading for tomorrow, Feb. 19, Mark 13. We apologize for jumping ahead. Tomorrow's blog will look at Mark 12:28-34.