Today’s Scripture Reading
So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming. Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into. You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.
Matthew 24:42-44, NLT
Today’s Devotional Reading
During the season of advent we celebrate the first time that Jesus came to earth, and it serves as a reminder that Jesus promises to come again! God made a promise to humanity that we would send a rescuer (Messiah) and He kept that promise, even though they longed for it for several thousand years. Now we find ourselves longing for the Messiah to come again. Advent is a reminder that God always keeps His promises, Jesus WILL be coming back! That thought should fill us with joy and hope! The struggles, imperfections, injustices, and pain that we see in this world should cause us to long for the day that God makes everything right in the world. The early Christians often prayed for Jesus to come quickly, and we should too!
Jesus talked to his followers many times about being ready for his return. There is much work to do in this world for God’s kingdom. Keeping Jesus’ return in focus helps us to prioritize our lives and make sure that we are spending our time on eternal things and not temporary things. While we all have varying levels of financial means, each and every one of us has the same 24 hours to spend each day. It doesn’t matter if you are a teenager or retired, we need to be doing the work of the Kingdom in this world so that we can eagerly long for the day when our master returns!