Wednesday, March 30, 2016

awake for the surprise

(“Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”)
Revelation 16:15

Yes! Come quickly Lord Jesus! And may You find Your church dressed in Your righteousness, making You known at any price. You are a Savior Who will return as Judge of all people, especially of Your church. May we be ready, wide awake and vigilant to Your tasks like good soldiers. May You not find us in the shame of sloth or sinfully exposed.

Lord Jesus, You will return like a thief. We will be startled by You. And that is an event we need to anticipate and greet with joy and not regret. Yet if we hold sin dear and You burst through our door, we will be ashamed by Your sneaky return. We are encouraged by this exhortation and the truth of Your startling return to be dutifully and sincerely repentant people. We do not want our sin and shame exposed on the joyous day of Your return.

Lord, keep us awake, in Your Word, close to the gospel, tender of heart but quick to repent. Your church is so dull and inattentive to do all of these. We want to greet You ready when You break down the door and surprise us at Your heart-stopping coming! 

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