Sunday Devotional: You do not know when the time will come

Mark 13:33-37

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man traveling abroad.
He leaves home and places his servants in charge,
each with his own work,
and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.
Watch, therefore;
you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,
whether in the evening, or at midnight,
or at cockcrow, or in the morning.
May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!'”

Today’s reading is another warning and reminder from Jesus that the end may come at any time, “like a thief in the night”.
Recall that in Matthew 25, our Lord sounded the same warning in the Parable of the Ten Virgins — that we must be prepared for our end by “staying awake” for the arrival of the “bridegroom,” because you know neither the day nor the hour”.
All that was brought home to me recently, when I found out that a good friend had suddenly died. Just like that, he’s gone . . . .
Christ spent only three years in public ministry, and time was precious. Why would He again and again instruct us to be prepared, warning us again and again that we simply won’t know when our end comes, unless He knows the consequences of being unprepared are dire and terrible?
Please take seriously the passages from Mark 13 and Matthew 25:

Our death may come swiftly and unexpectedly. Examine our conscience. Repent for our sins. Ask for forgiveness. Make amends. Purify our souls.

And at all times:

Love the Lord our God with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind, and with all our strength.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,
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Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago

The fact that each of us must get our own house in order because we really do not know when the Savior will return . . . nor do we know when the time that we draw our last breath will occur. Today is the time to prepare for our return to our God!
Dr Eowyn . . . this is such an excellent, and certainly timely lesson for this Sunday. Thank you.

2 years ago

In New Testament days, in the early church times, they understood this idea very well. And while they were suffering persecution, they had not seen the work of Satan like we of modern times have seen it. I was born in 1960, so I grew up in a time where I got to see things go from the birthing pains of a somewhat religious in nature society to the Babylonian country we live in today. Even growing up through high school, I never could have imagined the condition the world would be in now. But in 1 John 2, it… Read more »

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2 years ago

Dr. Eowyn,
my condolences on the loss of your dear friend….I pray he had the Lord in his heart, and if so, then he only waits in his sleep…
as we should be forever vigilant as Christians, knowing our Lord will return, and keep our spiritual homes in order, ready and waiting for His arrival.

2 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

He was a sweet man and a warrior for Truth.
God bless him and rest his soul!