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Hour Unknown

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How often do we consider the idea that Jesus might return tonight? We must be ready for Christ's return at all times.

Pray: 

Father, awaken my heart to all that is real and remove the things that would dull my senses.

Read: 

Matthew 24:36-44

Reflect: 

What is at the heart of what Jesus is saying?

How often do you consider the idea that Jesus might return tonight? The early church would have genuinely expected this event at any moment, but 2,000 years on, our sense of urgency has somewhat dulled. Yet this passage tells us to be ready and expectant at all times.

Jesus describes his second coming as an instantaneous and totally unheralded event. We won't get any warning, and perhaps most incredibly, even Jesus himself doesn't know when it's going to happen. Only God the Father knows (36).

A clue as to why is found in Jesus' mini-parable (43) of the man waiting to catch the thief who is about to rob him. God is interested in people who live their whole lives for him, not just their final moments.

So Jesus tells his followers: "Keep watch" (42). By this does he simply mean to keep living blamelessly at all times? Perhaps it is a more positive challenge than that; the fact that Jesus really could return tonight should spur us on to live in a way that makes every second count: in evangelism, in our care of the poor, and in our whole-life worship of him.

Apply: 

Evaluate your life. If Jesus came back today, would you be pleased at what he would find? Journal about this.

Pray: 

Coming King, help me to live each day fully aware of You and Your kingdom. Let me live with Your vision and fire.

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