Years ago, I was catching a flight out of LAX for a speaking engagement. As I was on my way, I checked to see if my flight was still on schedule. Much to my surprise, the airline had moved up the flight by one hour. So I suddenly was running late.
I literally sprinted to the gate, and when I got there, the flight attendant was closing the door. I could still see the plane sitting there, so I went up to the gate agent and said, “Ma’am, the plane is still there. Can I get on?”
“I’m sorry,” she told me. “The boarding is over.”
I went on to explain that I had a speaking engagement, and I really needed to catch that flight.
Then she asked me to step away from the gate. The door was closed, and I was too late.
There’s coming a day when God will close the door to Heaven, and it will be too late. Jesus Christ is coming back, and if we’re not prepared, we’ll miss it.
Jesus said, “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming” (Matthew 25:13 NKJV).
But what does it mean to watch?
It doesn’t mean that we quit our jobs or divorce our spouses as some people have done when they thought they knew the actual date of the Lord’s return. Nor does it mean that we are to discuss nothing else but Bible prophecy.
To watch is to be prepared. We’re getting ready to take a trip to eternity, and preparation is essential. The issue is not so much when Christ will come, because we don’t know when that will be. Rather, the question is what should we be doing as we await the return of Jesus?
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