Bible Reference: Luke 21:34-36
Translation: The Passion Translation (TPT)
Bible Text: 34 “Be careful that you never allow your hearts to grow cold. Remain passionate[m] and free from anxiety and the worries of this life. Then you will not be caught off guard by what happens. Don’t let me come and find you drunk or careless in living like everyone else. 35 For that day will come as a shocking surprise to all, like a downpour[n] that drenches everyone, catching many unaware and un-prepared. 36 Keep a constant watch over your soul, and pray for the courage and grace to prevail over these things that are destined to occur and that you will stand before the presence of the Son of Man with a clear conscience.”
OBSERVATION: I am amazed that God gives us multiple early warnings before bringing eternal consequences on us. In our Scripture today we are warned about the times that will lead up to His return to take His bride (the church – the redeemed of Christ – those who have accepted Jesus as Lord of their life) home to glory with Him. No time frame was given, so you may never get to read this devotional today, because no matter how fast the internet is, He may choose to return before you ever have access to this. So please take this devotional seriously, as there may be decisions that you may need to make today.
APPLICATION: As a child we may have been warned not to touch certain things. Of course we had to test mom and dad so that we could see what would happen if we touched the item anyway! Often there were consequences if we ignored mom and dad and followed through on our quest! We were introduced to ‘choices’! As we grew into adulthood, this matter of obedience and control became even more prevalent. Speeding; stealing; lying; cheating; etc. But in every case we had a ‘choice’ to make about whether we would obey the rules, or not. Then most of us learned of Jesus Christ and what He did for us on Calvary. Similar to other life scenarios, we had a ‘choice’ to make. Do we place our trust in Jesus and ready ourselves for His return, or shall we take our chances that He’s not serious? Friends, these are decisions that every adult will make. Unless you accept Jesus as Lord of your life, you are destined for the pit of hell with Satan. Note: you have never actually been through ‘hell’ here on earth like you may have thought a few times, for Satan has a pit prepared for you that is worst than anything you ever imagined. However, if you decide to take Jesus at His word, and accept Him as your Lord and personal Savior, you are offered the assurance of living eternally in heaven with He and the Father. The destination experience is totally different. In the first case, you can look forward to more heat, hatred, evil and pain than you have ever experienced here on earth. In the second option, you will find a loving Savior awaiting your entrance with outstretched arms and a welcoming smile. He will look very familiar, because the Word of God says that He created us in His own image. I believe that the love that He will portray will be greater than anything we could ever imagined from His Word. Can you imagine how He will proudly introduce us to the Father? “Father, these are the ones who accepted the gift that we gave on Calvary, and they’re here to spend the rest of eternity with us”. So friends, let’s not forget the warning in our verses today – Jesus will return to take His body of believers/followers home to glory with Him. Know that this will happen on His timetable, and not yours. Know that you are destined for hell, and will not qualify to join the group that will accompany Jesus, unless you have first accepted Him as Lord and Savior while here on this earth. Jesus could very easily return today my friend. Are you ready to go with Him? It’s your call. There are details in my Footnote that could help you in making a change in your eternal destination. My humble plea is that you will be wise today.
PRAYER: Lord God, thank You for the promise of life eternally in heaven with You! What joy fills my heart today to even think of seeing Your wonderful face, bowing at your feet and worshiping You endlessly. Oh I want to see You, Look upon Your Face, There to sing forever, of Your saving grace! Thank You for the warning in our Scripture today Lord Jesus, but should You come today, I am ready to go! Praise Your wonderful name! Please use these words as encouragement for those who may stumble across this devotional and not know You as Lord. Soften their hearts and call them to Yourself, I pray. AMEN!