Today’s Reading - Matthew 24:26-51
36 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. . . . 42 Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” - Matthew 24:36, 42
One of the worst things you can do when teaching or studying scripture is to take one or two verses out of context and then trying to make a point which looks like what I have done today. Another thing which seems unnecessary at times is to state the obvious which looks like what I have done today. The first verse I chose is taken from its context but the context supports what it says standing alone. The second verse is in fact stating the obvious but the obvious needs to be stated. The devotion might even seem obvious (and short) but there are times when we need to be reminded of the things we assume everyone knows and we never think about. So here you go. No one knows when Christ will come to gather believers and so you better be ready. Keep watch means to be ready. You do not want to miss being taken when Christ comes because the consequences are not good. You can trust me on this one. You do not want to spend eternity in a place characterized by weeping and gnashing of teeth. Do all you can, every day, to be part of the redeemed. Your final destination is much more pleasant.
Heavenly Father, move us to search our hearts once again so that we have clarity around being a redeemed child of God. Let us rejoice in the good news and let us be mindful every day to seek to love you more and more. We stand watch for you to come, we are ready if today is the day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Personal Prayer Focus - Humility