Get Ready for Who's Coming
 
In the last Lifeline we discussed how Jesus must return to fulfill the complete plan of God. If He doesn't, nothing He said is true, we have been deceived, and Paul spoke correctly saying, "then we are of all men most to be pitied". (I Corinthians 15:19) But He will return, and for many there will be instant regret that they were not ready. Let's not be one of them, but rather be of those who were watching and waiting, prepared for His appearing. Let's examine ourselves...

WHO IS JESUS RETURNING FOR? He's coming for "those who eagerly await Him". (Hebrews 9:28) How often do we hear, "I'm ready for Jesus to come, just not today?" This is usually followed with a little "ha ha". But it's no laughing matter because...

WHEN IS HE COMING?  Jesus is coming back "Today". I challenge anyone to refute that. He's not coming tomorrow. He didn't come yesterday. When He returns, it will be a day called "Today". It will be a day like this one. If we aren't ready and eagerly awaiting "Today", we aren't ready. It really is that plain and simple. Don't be distracted with futile speculations about the timing. He said, "No one knows the day and hour". (Matthew 24:36) The only day we need to focus on is "Today!" So, are you ready for Jesus to return today? For more read Luke 17:26-30 and Hebrews 3:12-15.
 
WHAT PREVENTS US FROM BEING READY? There are a few things...

#1 Being spiritually sleepy and drunk with self-indulgence & concerns of this life.

(Luke 21:34-36) "Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."

This happens when our priorities are out of line, and we are more concerned with ourselves than Him.

#2  A False sense of security from not truly examining ourselves.

(Matthew 7:21-23) "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'"

#3 An attitude / expectation that He isn't coming soon.

(Matthew 24:48-51) "But if that evil slave says in his heart, 'My master is not coming for a long time,' and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

THE BOTTOM LINE 

There is obviously much, much more that Jesus and others said about preparing for His return, but if we start with these we will be well on our way to being ready. Really, it's about wanting Him to return, and simultaneously not being in love with this world which causes us to not want to see Him. This in turn keeps us from examining ourselves and having a "form of religion" that is good only for deceiving ourselves. Let's all be sincere and awake.