A year ago, I was counting down. A deadline was looming. And for once, I couldn’t wait to meet it.
It had been two months since my island home had been ravaged by a Category 5+ hurricane. My life as I’d known it was over.
Life without electricity was now the norm and with that came the loss of creature comforts – the cooling breeze of a fan, running water in the pipes, the convenient use of computers.
Ice and fuel became hot commodities.
I could go on, but I won’t.
We were alive. That’s what was important.
But after those harrowing months, we needed a break.
Our 15th wedding anniversary was approaching, and we decided to celebrate in style.
We’d treat ourselves to the cruise we’d always talked about and never took.
I couldn’t wait.
In retrospect, I am not sure if my excitement was totally about the cruise or just having access to electricity 24/7.
So the countdown began. I couldn’t wait to leave the life I knew, albeit for a couple of weeks.
But there’s an even bigger countdown happening.
God has said that He would return. Am I looking forward to that? Are you?
John 14:3 (NIV) tells us, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me so that you also may be where I am.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16 (NLT) reminds us, “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud voice, with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God.”
Isn’t this something to look forward to?
We will get to leave this world of trials and troubles behind. Permanently!
But in the same way that we couldn’t just show up to the cruise terminal and expect to be let on, there are preparations to be made before we can go home with Christ when He returns.
1. Confess our sins and invite the spirit of God to dwell within us. 1 John 1:9
2. Do good. What we do for others cannot save us, but we do good because that is what Christ did while he was on earth and we ought to follow His example. Matthew 25:40
3. Tell others about Jesus’s soon return. We are often excited to share good news with others. Why should we be selfish and keep this wonderful news to ourselves? Matthew 28:19-20
So…are you ready?