Shortly after Christ’s death and resurrection, the believers starting asking “When?” As in, when will Jesus return? The early thought was that He would return in their lifetimes. It turns out ‘soon’ is longer than 2,000 years!!
Paul’s response in 1 Thessalonians still applies today as we are still waiting: what does it matter? He tells them (and us) to live as a child of the light and nothing else matters. It is still true today – if we are fully living out the faith that Christ calls us to, then “when” doesn’t matter.
But we like to procrastinate, don’t we? Live fully for Christ each moment of the day? I can start that next year or maybe the year after that. Yet the reality is that the only time that we are guaranteed is right now and we’re not even sure we will make it through the day. So why wait? Paul tells us that Jesus will come like a thief in the night, at an hour unexpected. The only way to be ‘ready’ is to live each moment like it might be our last – loving God and neighbor with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Scripture reference: 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-5