God gave me some interesting thoughts as I woke up one morning. He gave me a sort of neat analogy that I thought I’d share.
Jesus’ coming can be likened to the approaching birth of a baby.
1. You don’t know when it’s going to happen. It could happen at any time, day or night.
“The Lord is going to come like a thief in the night.” 1 Thessalonians 5:1
2. All we can do is read the signs.
Signs of being close to delivery:
Strong contractions spaced closely together
Losing the mucus plug
Signs of Christ’s second coming:
Israel a nation again
Disasters, famines, and disease
Scoffers in their own lusts
3. We are told to be prepared.
Matthew 25:1-13 tells us about ten wedding guests that were not prepared for the bridegroom’s coming.
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
“‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
“But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
“Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’
“But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”
So be prepared. We pack our bag, set up our crib, have a baby shower, buy diapers, etc. But what are we doing to be prepared for Jesus’ coming? Do we see it in the same light?
We need to live our lives like pregnant women expecting a child any day. We have to be careful how much we lift. We have to take our prenatal vitamins. We have things we need to stay away from, whether it’s environmental, food, or stress. If we don’t, we can injure ourselves or our babies. In the same way, we need to live our lives like Jesus’ return is eminent or we hurt our witness.
When Jesus comes, it will be wonderful and incredibly happy. Just like the joy of a new baby!
“A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.” John 16:21