Yet, part of being a Good Christian is obeying Christ’s words to
WATCH AND BE READY.
WATCH AND BE READY.
Goes without saying.
That being said, every generation brings yet another slew of "End Times" prophets (or is that 'profits'?), who are consumed with only preaching doom and gloom, as they 'profit' from book sales and such.
I prefer to keep my primary focus on the teachings of Jesus, and trusting in Him to see to the end times as He so sees fit.
Preoccupation of the Apocalypse is a distraction I do not have.
Sorry if it offends some here that I don't live up to their expectations.
These are two very specific things. There is the Watching part, which includes understanding the times and seasons we are living in. And there is the Ready part. I often wonder what the body of Christ would look like if we put as much effort into being Ready as we do to Watching.
Scripture states that we are to be a kingdom of priests before the Lord. There are very specific guidelines to being a priest of the Lord. We are to be without Spot, Wrinkle, or Blemish. We are also described as the Bride of Christ. The Bride must be made ready to enter into the marriage. Are we ready? (Esther and the Song of Solomon speak volumes regarding the Bride.)
Too often (in my experience) Christians do not desire to enter into the deeper things of God. It's almost as if Salvation is the end and the final prize. But it's not. Our salvation (free and by grace alone) is only the beginning of our relationship with the Lord.
Look at the exodus. The Jews were in bondage in Egypt. They were saved in Egypt by the blood of the passover lamb. They were lead out of bondage and baptized (of sorts) through the crossing of the Red Sea.
Was that the end of their journey with the Lord? Salvation was attained, freedom granted. But God had so much more for them. He brought them to Sinai and gave them instructions on how to live a life with Him.
Our journey does not end but begins with our salvation. The Scriptures say that the Lord will write His Torah on our hearts and by his grace we will desire to be obedient. If we as Christians are not following after and in the footsteps of our Master and Lord, than who do we really belong to? We cannot serve two, but One alone.
Truly, may we WATCH and be READY.