How will you be found? Doing something for Christ or found by Him sinning?
"“Now learn the parable from the fig tree: as soon as its branch has become tender and sprouts its leaves, you know that summer is near; so you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
“Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. For this reason you must be ready as well; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.
“Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household slaves, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time,’ and he begins to beat his fellow slaves, and he eats and drinks with those habitually drunk; then the master of that slave will come on a day that he does not expect, and at an hour that he does not know, and he will cut him in two and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 24:34-51
This is one of those cases where I wake up in the middle of the night and God says "write".
How will you be found when He returns? Believer's should be expectant. They should be ever aware that the next breath they take could be that breath when the trumpet sounds and the call from on high is to "Come!".
The question asked is as real and valid as your identity in Christ or if you are not a believer who you think you are without Him.
I am not an eloquent writer. In fact my almost 2 dozen half or partially started books tell their own story of how I wasn't meant to be a world renowned published author.
I write as I am lead to write when it comes to this blog.
The question that I was given to ask isn't hard but begs you to seriously consider the ramifications of...how will you be found?
Will you be found in the midst of sin or will you be found expecting Jesus's return?
Will you be found swearing, rather than blessing someone?
Will you be found praising God in psalms, hymns and Spiritual songs?
Will you be found praying?
Will you be found as a child of God or as someone not saved at all by the blood of Jesus?
My dear reader you will be found.
To be found is to be discovered.
To be discovered is to be in the midst of being revealed. To see as it is.
What will you feel and be feeling when it's obvious that trumpet sounded and the dead in Christ have arisen? When those who are alive and remain are called up who are believers?
If you are saved these events are what you should be expecting!
If you are still in denial, oh my friend please reconsider your fight against letting go and embracing the free gift of Salvation in Christ Jesus.
Remember well that the Global Flood written of in Genesis has been proven to have happened. THAT world didn't believe the words of Noah for 100 YEARS of his preaching about it. Read again the passage included above that started this blog post.
Jesus is real, He really said those words, and He wasn't joking. He was in the midst of explaining the events and signs of His return.
It should be an ever present thought in the minds of believers that our next breath could be taken in the presence of Jesus.
When He does make that call to come to those who are still alive at His return, just what will He find you doing? Will He find you being obedient, or in the midst of sinful behavior?
As it's said in other parts of Scripture, what manner of man ought we to be?
Obedient or disobedient?
Truly it makes a difference! Would you be embarrassed at the moment of that call or rejoicing?
Just think about that. Think really hard on it. Is what you are thinking glorifying God or is it sinful what goes through your mind?
Earlier in this chapter Jesus mentions lawlessness increasing. People hating people. Christians being hated and the world going after them.
It's easy to hate the world in return to how it is towards us. But Jesus said we should expect them to hate us. So it shouldn't take us by surprise. That makes prayer all that much more important to us.
Prayer is our lifeline. Faith is the thread of that lifeline.
Read Colossians 1
"For this reason we also, since the day we heard about it, have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all perseverance and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light."
Philippians 1:27 "Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;"
So at this hour, minute and second of your life...consider your conduct and behavior. Consider what is going through your mind and heart.
How will you be found by Christ when He returns? Sinning or obeying? You can't do both.