Are You Ready for Jesus' Return?

2 Peter 3: 3-4,8-9

3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Jesus is coming back. The Word of God says He is. The signs of His soon return are quite evident. Nations in the world are at war with one another. Earthquakes are increasing and getting more and more intense around the world. Pestilences and famine are wiping people out. The hatred for Christians worldwide is growing. Sin is greatly increasing. Many false prophets are appearing and leading people away from the true and living God. The gospel is being preached around the world. (Matt 24:4-14)

The world and even some in the Church scoff at this prophecy regarding His second coming (2 Peter 3:3-4). They say things are the same since the beginning of time. Yes, that is true; it has been. However, time is not the same with God as it is with people. (2 Peter 3:8) We might think He is slow about fulfilling His promise but He is not. He is long-suffering with us because it is His desire that we all come to repentance.(2 Peter 3:9)

There are many people in the world that God wants to save before He comes back. We must be about the Father's business. We must pray for them, show them the love of God, and share the good news of the gospel with them so that they might be saved.

There are many people in the Church that are saved but are living their life like they are not saved. They, too, must come to repentance. God's Word teaches that believers are to live godly or they will not be ready for His return. (2 Peter 3:11,14-15)

Jesus told His disciples what the signs of the end time were regarding His second coming (Matthew 24:4-35). He also told them what they needed to do to be ready (Luke 21:34-36).

Jesus gave the disciples some parables that told them what is required of them to be ready for His coming. (Matthew 24:45-51, 25:1-46) These parables teach that a believer must be faithful, live godly, and serve God in word and deed. Those believers who are not ready for His coming will perish.

Are you ready for Jesus' return? Are you living for God?

If not, then recommit your life to Jesus, make Him Lord of your life, and walk in obedience to Him.