Rev 3:3 (NET) Therefore, remember what you received and heard, and obey it, and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will never know at what hour I will come against you.
When I was a child, our home was robbed in the night by armed robbers. That was a very terrifying experience. The terror of that experience stayed with us for some time.
Reading today’s Bible text also reminds me of when as a child, I used to be very afraid of the coming of the Lord because I was not sure that I was ready. His coming for me was indeed as a thief in the night, it was something that was more feared than celebrated. But as I have grown in Christ, the thought of His coming produces unspeakable joy in my heart because I know His coming is the beginning of my greatest visible glory and power for all eternity, and the end of the dominion of darkness over the world.
Christians who are not ready (who are asleep) will experience the coming of the Lord like a thief in the night, but those who are prepared will experience the coming of the Lord like an expectant bride joyfully receiving her bridegroom. In both cases, none of them will know the exact time of visitation, but those in the second category will have a joyful expectation.
1 Thess 5:4-6 [KJV]: 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief… (read vs 5-6). Notice that it is those who are asleep that will experience His coming like a thief in the night. These are those who are not prepared.
Go into today knowing that the coming of the Lord is something you should joyfully look forward to when you are prepared (see Mat 24:46). A prepared Christian is one busy doing what he has been called to do. This is only possible when you are spiritually awake.
Ask the Lord to help you stay awake.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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