You’re driving headed to work. This morning you’re late, but other than that it’s a typical day: coffee, kids crossing the street for school, other cars, stoplights, and time. You approach the stoplight and wait for your chance to beat the other car beside you to the next light. You look in the window of the car next to you…only to see there’s nobody in it. You sense the strangeness of it, but don’t worry much. The light turns green and you tear off going 60 mph. You’re picking up speed, when all of a sudden you immediately swerve pass a school bus that has lost control and flipped over twice. Barely escaping with your life, you park your car and dart to the school bus. Between the screams and cries of bystanders, you look in the bus for survivors…not a soul in the entire bus. “What have I done, what I have I done?!” you reach for your phone and proceed to call 911 when you begin to make out the screams and cries. You learn that it’s not just about the bus. “My husband is gone!”…”My wife just vanished!!”…..”WHERE ARE MY KIDS?!” As the terror grows more and more intense you look up to the sky, only to see groups and groups of people ascending up to the sky. With that last sight, you’re left standing in the middle of the busy highway with other cries of confusion and terror, and stunned bystanders.
I remember my grandma use to say all the time that she NEVER wanted to be here when the rapture took place. For me though, I just had a rough time fathoming that I could be playing out on the trampoline and could be “taken up” into the sky. I learned more in my walk with Christ, that it was more than just being in the sky with Jesus, but it was about the fact that I would be taken away from the horrible catastrophe that would take place had I stayed here.
Time has a real bad tendency of creeping up on us before we know it. If we were more alert to the things that are soon to come, we’d find out that we waste so much time on unless things and people. If we really weigh the circumstances, we’d make better choices. Jesus is coming back. Now, we all have heard that “Jesus is coming back! be ready!” I’ve heard it from my grandma, she heard it from her mom, and honey the list goes on and on. However, the thing is is that they weren’t wrong, but because NO MAN knows the time or date of Jesus’ return, they only knew to be ready.
If Jesus came back right this moment, could you say that you’d be ready? Some people fear death, not because of the fact they’re about to die, but rather because the first thing that comes out of their mouth is what?….”I’m not ready”. Scripture tell us to WATCH as well as pray. (Luke 21:36)
I recall a time when I went to a women’s convenience and was not living right, only going to church as a walking zombie, spiritually sleep. I was there, but I was not, until I briefly tuned into the sermon. She positioned herself at the podium, put her hand of the top of it and said, “Honey, don’t let death catch you out of the will of God.” Chills fled my body as she repeated it again, “Honey, don’t let death catch you out of the will of God.” It struck a cord with me because what if on my way home I would have collided with another vehicle, instantly ending my life, while I was in broken relationship with Christ.
We make the mistake of taking these days for granted. Constantly strolling through the day, performing our daily routines, and not even giving it thought that some of us haven’t consulted our life line, Jesus all day.
The Psalmist in Psalms 90:12 asked to be taught to number our days so we can get a heart of wisdom. Although we thought when we were younger that we’d live forever, the days of people are vert few, and we must be wise with that time. Stop giving your precious time to things that don’t matter.
It was asked once, “Why doesn’t anybody know when Christ is coming back?” No, exact answer is given in the Bible, but if we knew Jesus was coming back January 12th 2025 at 6:00 p.m, most people would cut up, act crazy and reckless up until that very point, and then repent. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “You mean Jesus would actually take them back after all that?” Hebrews 8:12 says that “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”
This is the same mercy that God had on us when He decided to send His son to rid the world of those transgressions. It is not God’s desire that any of us perish, but that we have life, and it more abundantly. That’s why we must be woke to the tricks and plans of the enemy to distract us from the fact the Jesus IS returning. When we’re so consumed with the things of this world, we overlook God and the enemy knows that’s our life line, and if he can get away from the glue that puts us together, the one who knows us, inside and out, he can dominate us. It’s then that we could miss the moment. Press forward, stay woke, time is creeping. You will never know. Don’t let death or TIME catch you out of the will of God.
35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. 36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.