Living in hurricane-prone areas exposes many of us to the potential of hurricanes. When we hear that a hurricane is going to approach, specially during an active hurricane season, people start preparing and getting their supplies ready. Many people don’t like preparing for these types of situations, but we are grateful knowing we get a few days to at least buy the needed supplies and get things ready in our homes.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we had the same time to prepare for God’s return in the same way? If he announced when he would return, it would give us a chance to prepare our loved ones and tell them all the reasons why they should believe too. However, we know that Matthew 24:36 tells us, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
The best news, though, is that we can begin those preparations with our loved ones now. We can tell them about our Lord and Savior the way 1 Peter 3:15 says, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…”
We should be preparing for the return of Christ the way we do with hurricanes and be ready for Him.
“You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” Luke 12:40
We can prepare ourselves and others by following Mark 16:15, which says, “…Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” In hurricane preparedness, we are provided guides on what to purchase and have readily available. The same applies to the return of Christ.
Matthew 10:7-14 provides a guide for us as to how to prepare for His return:
“As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.’”
Let’s thank the Lord for promising to return to us. He is giving us the opportunity and time to get to know Him before His return so let’s take advantage of that. Let’s also try to reach others before His return and let’s ask Him to allow us to speak His truths with humble hearts so that others are prepared to welcome Him when He returns also.
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:3