Today's Reading - Matthew 24: 1-35
Signs, signs, signs. Don’t we always ask for signs? Signs that he or she loves you, signs that we are on the right path, signs that we are making the right choices. “Lord, if you would just give us a sign, then …. “ We aren’t alone in asking for signs. The disciples asked Jesus what would be the sign of His return and the end of the age (vs3), and Jesus tells them. He gives this most eloquent but scary speech of His return: Wars, famine, earthquakes, increase in wickedness, love turning cold, desolation, and false prophets. Jesus tells us that when He returns, we will know it! We wont have to guess or chase down the Messiah. Verses 30-31 tell us, “They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” There will be no mistaking the Lord’s coming with a bout of indigestion. We will know!! In a world in which we are so uncertain of so many things rest assured that the coming of the Lord is not one that we need to question.
So instead of spending our time looking for signs of the Lord’s return, why not focus on being a witness to our unbelieving friends? We all have friends that do not have a personal relationship with Christ. Are we doing anything to invite them to be one of the elect? I don’t like to offend people or make them feel uncomfortable, so I completely understand skirting this topic but this is exactly what we are called to do. Jesus himself said He did not come to save the righteous but the lost. We may not have to look for signs of the Lord’s return but we do need to be vigilant of His return and inviting others to experience it as well.
Who can you invite to church this week?
What are you holding on to that needs to be turned over to God’s control?
Whose heart can you be praying for?
Ok put down the Bible and live this week like it was the last!
by Laura Arana