An old friend calls and just happens to be passing through. They say they’d love to stop by and see you. They are 15 minutes away.
What do you do?
A. Say, “I’d love to see you too - meet me at this coffee shop.”
B. Say, “Perfect. We’ll see you then,” get off the phone and start yelling, “Clean, Clean, Clean.”
C. Say, “Perfect,” brew some coffee and wait for their arrival.
In our house, the answer would be either “A” or “B”. I do marvel at those whose homes are perpetually clean, straight, and in great shape.
This Sunday we’ll focus on the Second Coming of Jesus. This will be the most significant event in the history of this universe since creation.
Thoughts of it conjure ideas of apocalyptic events, totality, and finality.
When some think of it, it evokes fear.
When some others think of it, they sneer and mock it.
When another group thinks about it, they almost gloat because “the big bad world is finally going to get what it deserves.”
Theologians through the ages have had thoughts as well:
Martin Luther said this: “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
Billy Graham said, “Bible teaching about the Second Coming of Christ was thought of as “doomsday” preaching. But not anymore, it is the only ray of hope that shines as an ever brightening beam in a darkening world.”
But a quote that really resonates with me comes from A.W. Tozer: “When He returns is not as important as the fact that we are ready for Him when He does return.”
This Sunday we continue in our Magnetic series talking about “Readiness.” I can’t think of a timelier message for us and for our world. It would be a great Sunday to bring a friend. It would be a great Sunday to bring a skeptic. We’ll be in 1 Thessalonians 5.
Looking forward to a life-changing and challenging Sunday!
This Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. there will be a workday happening around the facility. As ever, we need a lot of people to help our ministry to continue striving for excellence. Thanks to Freddy Spencer and our deacons in advance for setting this up.