Over the years, I've heard a lot of discussions and debates as to when and how Christ will return. I've heard people say there will be a rapture of the saints. I've heard people argue the word rapture isn't in the Bible and therefore there won't be one. I've heard people argue as to exactly when the rapture will take place. I've heard arguments for pre-tribulation rapture, mid-tribulation rapture and post-tribulation rapture. I've heard people say we're in the beginning of the tribulation now. I've heard people say we are not. I've listened to people who have debated as to whether or not anyone can be saved after the return of Christ or whether or not people can be saved from hell.
I think in all of our discussions we miss the real point. God can call our name at any time. When he does, will you be ready? We have no promise that we will see the sun go down tonight or see it rise tomorrow morning. Will you be ready if you don't see tomorrow? Will your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and other people in your world be ready if they don't see tomorrow? I think this is a very sobering question. I have to say in my case that while the first question is yes for me, the second question is not yes for everyone in my world. This tells me that I have a lot of work to do. I've been trying to do better. The first step is to let everyone know that I am a follower of Christ. This might occur by my initially telling them or it might happen when they come and ask me why I respond to things the way I do. The important thing is that I let them see Christ in me so that they may come to know him. [bible]Matthew 24:44[/bible] When I got married my husband played a little trick on me. Actually, the bishop who married us told him to do this. He told my husband to delay his entrance a bit to to make me squirm. I need to add that the bishop knew me well.
I was standing at the back of the church ready and waiting. The music was playing and I was ready. The only problem was my husband had not yet appeared. "Where is he?" I frantically whispered. I wanted to run and start looking for him. I fought that urge. I needed to stay right where I was and be ready for his entrance. While it seemed like an eternity to me, it was probably only a minute or so. Then my bridegroom appeared. I forgot about everything but him. I was ready for this moment and stepped down the aisle toward him. I gladly joined him at his side. I was ready!
I don't want to miss the moment when the Bridegroom (Christ) calls my name. I don't want to be so busy arguing about when he will come back that I miss him. I don't want to take any chances and think "Maybe I can get ready during the tribulation or perhaps I can get ready once I'm in hell." I have to say it. I think that is absolutely a crazy way to think. Today is the opportunity which God has given us to be ready!
Yes, Jesus did give us signs of his coming but I don't think he did that so we could delay getting ourselves and others ready. I think he did that so we would realize that we have a lot of work to do and we need to get busy bringing in the harvest (bringing the lost to Christ). I think he also did it to give us hope that the dark times we would encounter will not last forever. [bible]Luke 21:28[/bible]He is coming again! Will you be ready when he calls your name? Will the people in your world be ready when he calls their names? I think those are the real questions we need to focus on.
[quote=kreynolds]I think in all of our discussions we miss the real point. God can call our name at any time. When he does, will you be ready?[/quote]
Now, that is putting it right where it needs to be -- to the point!
Dear K, thank you for taking the time to post this for all of us to be reminded that NONE of us knows when the Son of Man is going to return for His Bride.
God's Word is explicitly clear in telling us that. As is His Word in telling us that today is the day of salvation.
I long for His Return, yet we have work to do here as you said, gathering the harvest. We must be about Our Father's business.