Today’s Devotional is offered by Mary Katherine Washington
In Matthew 24, Jesus prepares his disciples for his return, his 2nd coming.
They, of course, had numerous questions and wanted to know exactly when He will be coming back, what do they need to do to get ready, etc. Jesus teaches them through several parables that they need to always be ready, because no one will know when He is returning (not even the angels in Heaven will know). What would Jesus think about our priorities and lifestyles if he returned to Earth today? Would we be ready to stand at judgement for our actions? He warns them about false prophets and to watch out for those who will deceive them.
To be prepared and ready, Jesus instructs them to have constant focus on living a life the way God directed them. Today, Christmas time offers many exciting things/events/people that will distract you and demand your focus – even good Christian activities fight for your attention. Are you “ready” and “prepared” … not just for Christmas, but for Jesus’ return? During Advent as we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ 1st coming, we need to daily remember that our focus should be on Christ and not be distracted by all the other things around us. Are you ready?
“Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 1:13