But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only... Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Matthew 24:36, 40
Over the last two weeks a lot of talk has been going on about the death of the well-known terrorist Osama Bin Laden. I remember the day after it happened hearing my mom say something like, “Imagine what went through his mind when he stood before God and realized that there is a God and Allah is not Him.” Before that moment, however, the compound where Bin Laden had been hiding was invaded by a team of Navy SEALs, who eventually made their way into the room where he was hiding out. Imagine the shock on his face when Osama Bin Laden realized that he was standing before the men that would take his life. I am asking you today, what will your reaction be when you realize that your time on earth is done?
Jesus is coming again. The Bible says that no one but the Father knows when that day will be. If you are a Christian, I don’t have to ask you if you are ready for that day because you undoubtedly are. However, I will ask you if you are ready for the moment that you will be called away to eternity. Here is what I mean by that: Will you be cought glorifying His name? Or will you be cought seeking pleasure from the things of this world?
Allow me to make the above questions a little clearer. Suppose you have an unexpected visitor who just happens to be the person that you admire the most in this life. What would your reaction be when the doorbell rang and you looked out the window and saw your hero standing on the front porch of your house? Would you open the door and welcome him in? Or would you be forced to pretend that you were not home, because you have neglected your home and allowed it to pile up with clutter?
Even on days when I have nothing planned and do not have to leave the house, I never like to sit around all day looking like I have just crawled out of bed. Usually, when I wake up, the first thing I do is shower, change clothes, and get ready for whatever that particular day has in store for me. Why is it then that we often fail to do the same thing spiritually? How often do we wake up and make sure the house is in order just in case someone were to stop by unexpectedly, yet we do not think twice about what we might be caught doing if the King of the Universe were to come unexpectedly?
Did you know that, if we gave this subject more thought, it would change the way we live? If you would start taking this subject seriously, you might start thinking twice about how you respond to being cut off on the interstate. If you would start taking this subject seriously, you might think twice about what you watch on television. If you would start taking this subject seriously, you might think twice about how you spend your spare time. It all comes down to what you want to be caught doing when Jesus returns.
I know I have been talking mainly to Christians today; however, if you do not know Him today, your time is running out. Although I can assure you that Jesus will not be returning on May 21, 2011, which is tomorrow, nothing says that He cannot come today and nothing guarantees you another second upon this earth. If you do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and you were to depart from this world today, you would be just as surprised as Osama Bin Laden was to stand before Almighty God and to hear Him say, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” I plead with you to repent of your sin and confess Jesus Christ as Lord of your life today. If you do that, He will save you today and keep you saved forever.