Today's reading: Revelation 16
("See, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and is clothed, not going about naked and exposed to shame.") Revelation 16: 15 NRSV
John's vision continues. The bowls of God's wrath are being poured out on those who refuse to repent and recognize God's sovereignty. The armies are gathering on the plains of Armageddon. And in the midst of all this chaos, judgment and agony comes the voice of Christ straight to the reader's listening ears.
What is Christ saying to the churches and to us? You don't know when I am coming. I will be like a robber. I can enter at any time and you don't know when or where to expect me. However, if you are prepared, if you are staying awake and if you are clothed in the robes of righteousness/the armor of God, if you are not exposing yourself to shame, you will be blessed!
At Christmastime, most of us know if we are ready for the big day or not. If you looked under our tree at this time of year you would know we aren't really ready for Christmas. However, I can't tell you how many conversations I have begun by asking, "Are you ready for Christmas?" Why do I want to know if others are far more prepared for the holiday than I am? Perhaps what I should be asking folks (no matter what time of year) is "Are you ready for Christ?"
Do you consider yourself ready for Christ? What do you need to do to be prepared? Take some time this week to really begin preparing for Christ!
God, help us to be ready for Christ. In His name we pray. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims