Devotion

If This Were the Day

by Greg Laurie on Jan 12, 2021
You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.
—Luke 12:40
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I received a letter awhile ago from someone who was working at an abortion clinic in North Carolina. One day she was listening to A New Beginning on the radio when she heard me ask this question: If Christ were to come back tonight, are you doing anything you would be ashamed to be doing?

Immediately she thought of what she did for a living. So she quit her job, and now she’s involved in pro-life work.

Let’s say that Jesus was returning today. Would you be ready? Or, are you doing something you’d be ashamed to be doing if He were to come back?

If so, you need to change that behavior. You need to be ready to go because you don’t know when Jesus will return.

When I go on a trip, I always pack the night before. I’ll admit, however, that I tend to over pack because I want to have what I need for the trip. But I have everything on wheels now, so I can just drag it behind me.

When Jesus said, “Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning” (Luke 12:35 NLT), He was saying, “Have your bags packed and your comfortable shoes on.”

What if this were your last day on earth? Or what if this were the day that Christ came back? I know that I’m going to Heaven either through death or the Rapture. Both are fine with me.

So periodically ask yourself, “This place I’m about to go, this thing that I’m ready to do, would I be ashamed or embarrassed if I were doing this when Jesus Christ returns?”

If the answer to that question is yes, then stop doing those things. We need to be ready. We should live every day as though it were our last, because one day it will be.

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