I must admit – I often go from day to day without ever giving Jesus’ imminent return a second thought. While I know it’s going to happen (by the looks of things, it may be sooner than later) I seem to race through life with no serious consideration that it could be TODAY!
Luke 21:34-36 gives some advice regarding how I ought to view Christ’s second coming: “Watch out! Don’t let me find you living in careless ease and drunkenness, and filled with the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware as in a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. Keep a constant watch. And pray that, if possible, you may escape these horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”
Here’s what I find particularly interesting. There are three states in which Christ warns us not to fall before He returns.
Careless ease. Call it apathy if you want. An attitude of not really caring about eternal things. Just sloppin’ one’s way through life without direction or purpose.
Drunkenness. Have you ever watched a drunk stagger down a sidewalk and onto a road? He’s unaware of what’s going on around him and clueless as to the danger he’s in. Has fallen into bad company. His future looks bleak.
Filled with the worries of this life. Held hostage with fear and the “what-ifs.” Unable to press forward into the good things that God has planned because fear has wrapped its chains around this person’s heart and mind.
“Don’t let Me catch you living like that!” Jesus warned His audience. The same warning holds true today. God forbid that Christ returns to find us useless due to apathy, sold out to our own desires and addictions, or filled with worry.
Interesting combo, eh? Imagine lumping drunkenness in the same box as worry. Neat and tidy Christianity wouldn’t think of getting drunk, but worry somehow falls into a more sanctified category if we call it concern. Obviously, Jesus didn’t agree.