Being caught off guard is no joke. The worst case is when it happens on our “Lazy-day.” It seems like that’s the day visitors always choose to pull the jack-in-the-box stunt, and just pop-up. Perfect Lazy-days are those marked with an unmade bed (After all, we’re still in it), neglected used dishes, armies of dirty laundry, bird’s nest hair, and stale breath. Everything important, such as the television remote and food, is at arm’s length. Worry and care on the other hand, are lock far away.
Such an ideal Lazy-day is a magnet for knocks on the front door. Those knocks then lead to the temper-tantrum-dance in bed; followed by thoughts of staying quiet so our unwanted guest will think no one’s home. But that rarely works, the next best thing is to jump up and quickly try to make amends with our unpresentable living quarters and appearances, before proceeding to the door.
1 Thessalonians 5:2 says “For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.” Knowing that something is about to happen before it happens is awesome, but as the Bible verse reveals, we don’t always have that luxury. This means we have to be prepared. Preparation takes time and effort, but the payoff is worth it.
If you haven’t accepted Jesus, you’ll be living your life in a Lazy-day—seven days a week. Then you won’t be prepared to meet Him when He comes knocking. Don’t take a Lazy-day with your salvation. The moment you decide to let your guard down, might just be the moment the son of God returns, and there won’t be any time to put your soul in order… Then what?
Mark 13:32-33: “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.”