The Return of Christ | Devotion #2: Luke 12:35-38
Tommy Youngquist | Children’s Pastor
I am about to be way too honest with you, but there are times in my life where I will think about the second coming of Jesus, and the thought will run through my head, “Not Yet!” I mean, there are so many things I want to experience in this life. My wife and I just had our first child, and we want to see her grow up. I want to have more children. I want to see the world. I want to experience being a grandfather. “There are so many things I want to happen before my life is over,” I will think to myself. But then I check myself, and I have to realize that when Jesus comes back, true life begins! It will be a life that is so much better than the one I have here. Imagine eternal life in a world that is perfect.
The Bible says in Luke 12:35-38, “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants!”
We are not only supposed to be ready for the return of Christ, but we are supposed to be anticipating it! “Stay dressed for action,” Luke says. Something is coming, and you need to be ready for it. Be prepared. You should be thriving with anticipation because it could happen at any second!
When my focus shifts from “Not Yet” to “Get ready for Awesome,” my priorities change during my daily routine. Instead of focusing on earning money to do all of the things I think I want to do, I focus on the only thing I can take with me to that “Awesome.” Human souls are on balance. I will spend more time with Ashley and Heidi. I will spend more time with the RiverKids. When I am forced to decide between earthly or eternal, I am more apt to choose eternally. Part of preparing for the second coming of Christ is doing everything humanly possible to get as many other people ready as you can. Are you doing that? Are you going to be the blessed servant that is awake when Jesus comes back? Or is your mindset “Not yet?”