Ready Or Not – Here I Come
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Years ago there weren't computer games and the Internet to entertain kids. We had to find different ways to have fun and pass the time. I was raised in the country and our closest neighbor was a mile or two away, but my brothers and I found plenty of mischief to get into. We spent lots of time outdoors searching the creek for polliwogs, building forts, hitting the soft ball or playing games by our house.
One game we often played was called ‘Hide and Seek'. My little brothers would scatter and hide in the craziest places and I would try to find them. I remember yelling out, "Ready or not - here I come!" I would tease them and say, "I'm coming to get you!" As they waited for me to come and get them, their little hearts would pound with excitement and sometimes I could hear them breathing hard with anticipation. However, if it took longer than they thought it should, their excitement turned to boredom and I think if they would have had a pillow, they could have fallen asleep before I got to them.
Father God has promised that His son will come and get His children one day, but we don't know exactly when. We read in God’s word about the return of Jesus Christ and that it could happen at any given moment. So, we wait with excitement, but like children, when it takes longer for Him to come and get us than we planned, we can grow tired or bored and even fall asleep.
The cool thing is that Jesus will come with a shout! So, even if us kids are sleeping, that'll surely wake us up! The sad thing would be ... if we weren't prepared and ready to meet Him.
In Matthew 25:1-13 Jesus talks about the kingdom of God and the importance of being prepared for the return of Christ. He uses the parable of the ten virgins to make it easier to understand. Five were foolish, they didn't prepare for the unexpected delay of the bridegroom, but the five wise virgins planned ahead and made sure they'd be ready to meet him. They were waiting and longing for His appearance.
Verse 13 says, "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour [of Jesus return]."
Ready or not He is coming ... Let’s make sure we're ready!