Preparedness Makes Us Powerful

 

     In the Gospel of Matthew 24:37-44:  “Jesus said to his disciples: ‘As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark.  They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away.  So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left.  Therefore, stay awake!  For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.’

     The promise has been made!  As we, mankind, carry on with the worries of this world or what we deem important, many will not be ready for the “rapture.”   Though the word “rapture” is not mentioned in the Bible, the meaning is clear–some will be taken to heaven and some will be left.  There is no going back.  Rather, there is little time to be prepared.  Take this split second to pray to God the Father asking for forgiveness for the wrongs that we have done, even in thought, if not in action.  Be prepared, be faithful, be washed of your sins.

     In the times of Noah, it was only Noah’s family that listened.  The world rejected his warning and his 100+ years of preparation for the covenant (promise) of Yahweh.  When the rain fell, all were ready to change their minds, change their ways, or they even cursed God.  It was too late, the deed was done and they were out of time. 

     We know not the day or the hour that the Lord will come to “rapture” his sheep.  Doubt not, reject not, harden not your hearts, because the analogy of a thief coming in the night is accurate!  We will not be expecting the second coming of Jesus when it happens, but we can prepare for it–starting Now!  Right this second. 

     If you don’t know where to start, start with the prayer that Jesus taught the apostles and the crowds:

Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. They kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the Evil One.  For Yours is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory forever and ever.   

-Eric McNamara

Author of “Wake Up! You Know Not the Day or the Hour”