When

timer with the words Time is Running OutThis is one of those words in the English language that is often used as an adverb, conjunction, pronoun and noun. I use the word a lot with a question mark to determine time or estimated time of arrival (ETA) with my kids. When they are coming for a visit, I like to know when they will arrive. I’m always anticipating seeing them and giving them a hug. I also have as many of my activities as possible on my calendar so that I won’t forget to meet someone, do something or be somewhere as promised.  I still enjoy spontaneous, unplanned events. I enjoy them a lot on a day off or a time of vacation. This word, WHEN, is part of the family of inquisitive words: Who, What, When, & How. These all mostly have a question mark behind them.

Jesus started telling His disciples about how things were going to end before He comes back. He gave them some detail about “how” things would go down. He did not give them the “when”. Check this out….

40 “Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left.41 Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.

42 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming. 43 Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into. 44 You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected. (Matthew 24:40-44 NLT)

It’s not for me to know “WHEN” – the message for me is to be ready. I must keep my heart prepared and my gaze set on heaven. While I’m here on earth, I have much to do. I must keep one eye on today and the other on eternity. I believe that this life is a stepping stone into eternity. I should live fully and abundantly while I’m here because I have the Presence of God in my heart. I must keep in mind that this life here is NOT all there is. I was at the funeral home last evening as a Mom stood beside the casket of her thirty-eight-year-old daughter who had died of cancer. She didn’t know when. None of us know when. I am living and breathing at the moment, but I could die before today’s end. I realize that this is somewhat morbid, but I am quite comfortable talking about. I’m ready when He’s ready. I have made eternal preparations because I believe God’s Word is true. I don’t know “When”, but there are no “ifs” about it. I must be ready at all times – in any season of life. This world is not my home – heaven is.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Repent & Be Alert

 

Prepared Not UnpreparedThis book of Revelation is a challenge to understand. It is choked full of symbolism, tied together with truth. John didn’t have the luxury of having seen things like he’s seeing in these visons and in the revelation. I suspect that he had trouble sleeping at night after seeing these beasts and wild creatures.  I read to day about the 7 bowls of wrath – I’m wondering if these are huge mixing bowls. I’m wondering what they looked like. The Lord’s judgment is a part of Who He is. I’m thankful that His Grace comes before judgement. It’s hard to believe, but there are people who are stubborn and will not repent before the Lord. He is a God of Grace, but He is also a God of Justice. Check this out…

15 “Look, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who is alert and remains clothed so that he may not go around naked and people see his shame.” (Revelation 16:15 CSB)

I talk to the Lord throughout the day every day. I want to make a routine out of repentance. In repentance, I’m humble and grateful for Who He is and the fact that He doesn’t punish me as my sins deserve. I have been forgiven much and He wants me to be alert to what He’s doing in my world as well as the fact that He is coming again. I won’t get off this earth alive unless He returns. My soul lives on either way. I want to lay down my pride and live in repentance and humility before Him. I want to notice what He’s doing and be ready when He returns.

I’m going to clothe my spiritual body with the Presence of God – His Spirit.

I’m going to prepare my physical body and be ready – Serving Him by serving others.

I’m going to live like I’ll die tomorrow;

Die knowing I’ll live forever. (Rich Mullins)

I want to be alert and filled with repentance before Him.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Heads Up

woman creating a frame from fingersI like it when I get a “heads up” that something is about to happen. I do realize that the element of surprise is gone with a heads up, but I can mentally prepare when something is going down that affects me and my family. Most recently we’ve had two storms come our way and the weather predictions have missed the mark significantly. My family was preparing for the worst with the wind, rain and possibly tornados that never came. I was thankful for the heads up from the meteorologist. I must say that it feels like they were a bit over dramatic with some of the predictions, but “better safe than sorry”.

The Apostle John is seeing things he can barely describe. These things are happening in a context that he can barely get his head around. He is hearing voices from heaven. He is seeing these massive angelic creatures. One particular angel had one foot on land and another foot on the sea. This angel made some declarations that were giving a “heads up” of sorts. Check this out…

Then the angel that I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. He swore by the one who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it: “There will no longer be a delay, but in the days when the seventh angel will blow his trumpet, then the mystery of God will be completed, as he announced to his servants the prophets.” (Revelation 10:5-7 CSB)

When I look back at the Old Testament and how the prophets tell about the coming of Jesus – He comes. There is consistency with the Lord that comes through His Word and the words of the Apostles, prophets and servants of the Lord. I’ve heard of people predicting when the Lord will come again and they’ve been wrong. I’m not sure when He’s coming again, but the Word says that He’s coming. I think the theme of Revelation could be summed up in a couple of words: “Be Ready”. We don’t know when, but He promised to come. I look at the overall view of Revelation as a “heads up” of sorts. I need to be attentive and alert to the things of God. I need to be aware of His call upon my life. I need to make my life here count for eternity. I should live today like I’ll die tomorrow. I should live in complete surrender to His Will and His Way – I’ll be ready when He comes. I’m going to use this “heads up” wisely.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

On Call

LKR032459There are certain professions where the job includes being on-call overnight or on the weekend. There are doctors that are available for emergencies because they are on call for their particular office. Firefighters and law enforcement are often on-call as well for an emergency where they are needed.  These people go home at night knowing that they could get a call and their evening plans get pushed aside for work. They also go to bed knowing that they may possibly get a call during the night for an emergency. Being “on call” means being ready when called upon to perform.  There’s a verse tucked away in Revelation 16 that challenges me to be “on call” for when the Lord returns. Check this out….

15 “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.” (Revelation 16:15 NIV)

 

My mom used to remind me that I needed to live my life like the Lord was coming back at any moment.  What would He find me doing? She was trying to help me live my life before God as if I were “on call” for His return.  I believe that this is a wise way to live. I don’t have to live in fear of Him, instead put my faith and trust completely in Him. I can keep check on my behavior so that I honor Him with my life. I want my behavior to reflect my heart that is devoted to Him and His ways. When my heart’s affection and my minds attention is focused on Him, I’m ready for His return and I’m “on-call” until He comes!

Pressing On!
Dwayne