I recently completed YouVersion’s Chronological Bible Year Plan. As I read the final chapters, I was struck – it actually felt physical – by Revelation 16:15:
“Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”
A million thoughts swirled in my head because my family’s home had recently been burglarized. Thankfully, no one was home, and we only lost stuff. Some of it was priceless, heirloom jewelry, but it was stuff nonetheless, and there was no damage to our home.
However, there are lingering effects that make this scripture challenge me in a new way. You see, we made changes after the robbery – we fortified things. We improved our security system and are more diligent in arming it. Yes, I know it’s like closing the barn door after the horse bolts, but we don’t want to be unprepared again.
The Bible doesn’t just warn us once that Jesus will return like a thief. In 1 Thessalonians 5:2 Paul writes, “For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.”
Am I prepared spiritually if Christ returns today? Here are some things God showed me as I meditated on these scriptures:
Am I ready for eternity? Do I know that I know that I know that I will be spending eternity with Jesus? I can answer yes. If you have any doubt, please search your heart, pray, talk with a Christian sister or leader and get this settled.
Am I awake, clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed? Hopefully I’m never physically naked and exposed, but I now know I can feel emotionally naked, and shamefully exposed if I’m not ready when a thief arrives. Because my family and I let our guard down and left our home exposed for a couple hours, a crook broke in and stole precious, earthly treasures.
Where am I letting my guard down spiritually? Am I watching some television shows I shouldn’t? I might be tempted to say, “They aren’t awful.” But I know they aren’t life-giving. Am I trading things of the world for time with Jesus and the Word, my true Treasure?
Am I letting discouraging words slip into my speech? Others may be wounded by my words or worse, pushed away from Jesus because of them.
Am I sharing my faith in Jesus every chance I get? This was a big one for me – very convicting (not condemning, mind you). If Jesus comes back today, did I do all I could to bring my friends, family and my community to heaven with me? My intention to invite my neighbor to church next month or share my faith at a more convenient time is suddenly worthless.
I’m excited about how God challenged me to be intentionally prepared for Jesus’ return. Maybe He’s showing you some areas to fortify as well. As sisters, we can work together to be ready for that awesome day when Christ returns!