“so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.” (1 Thessalonians 5:6).
I recently read a story about a father that had arrived at the church building to pick up his son after a youth group meeting. As he drove up, he saw his son outside, completely oblivious that his ride had arrived. The father decided to wait and see how long it would take his son to discover that he was there. Twenty minutes went by before the father finally honked his horn to get his son’s attention. When he got in the car his son asked, “Where have you been? I’ve been waiting for you!”
Being observant might not be one of your better qualities. Sometimes I’m not good at it either. Whenever I can’t find anything at the house, I ask my wife. Isn’t she supposed to know where everything is? I’ve heard someone say, “Sometimes you have to move things around so you can see behind them to find what you’re looking for.”
It is easy to say that we are alert, aware, and watching for the return of Jesus, but are we really? We can be very distracted by all of the details and events of life that keep our minds occupied. Some of the things that have our attention can be rather mundane and useless, others are necessary and weighty matters.
Neil Lightfoot wrote, “The one sure way to be ready on that day is to be ready every day.” What are we doing each day to be sure we are ready for the return of Jesus? I think it has to be a perspective of our entire lives. In all that we do we remember that Jesus is coming again, and we want to honor Him now, so we can be joyful then.
“Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.” (1 John 2:28)