Reading: Matthew 24: 36-44
No one knows the day or the hour when Jesus will return. There will be no mistaking it when He returns. Our passage today speaks about one being taken and one being left behind. The rapture will be the first unmistakable sign. With all this in mind, Jesus urges us to always be ready. If we are ever seeking to live a life worthy of Jesus’ example, we will always be ready for the moment He returns.
Salvation is something we do not lose once we declare that Jesus is Lord and Savior of our life. Once we receive Jesus into our heart, we are saved. This status does not change. But for many people, they have not chosen to accept Jesus as Lord. For some, it is an intentional choice. They are still choosing self even though they fully understand what Jesus offers. They are not willing to surrender. For others, they do not know who Jesus is or how Jesus can work in their lives or maybe how to begin a relationship with Jesus. In all of these scenarios, all are lost and need to enter a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
One of our primary roles as followers of Jesus is to share the good news with the world. We do this in our daily lives. It is both our words and our actions. In our words are love, compassion, mercy, grace, understanding, forgiveness… In our actions we are a servant to all, humbly doing for others. Another role we play is prayer warrior. Just as Jesus and the Holy Spirit are interceding for each of us, we too are called to pray for one another. Sometimes our prayers are general – asking God to help our church reach out or helping us see opportunities that God places before us. Some prayers are more specific – for a certain person or situation, for God to work in a loved one’s heart, for someone we know is sensing God’s hand at work in their life.
Each and every day may we be God’s love lived out – in our actions, in our words, in our prayers. May we be love to the world.