I'm reminded of an incident recorded about John Wesley. He was working in his garden one day when a neighbor came by to visit. The neighbor attempted to jolt Wesley by asking, "What would you be doing now, John, if you knew for certain that Jesus would return today?" Wesley jolted his neighbor by instead replying, "I would go right on doing what I'm doing."
Such a response indicates that Wesley believed with all his heart that he was living righteously before God and serving the Lord faithfully to the best of his ability. Although it is true that an approving conscience does not necessarily equate to good standing before the Almighty (cf. I Cor. 4:4; Acts 23:1), we should strive to maintain a clear conscience through every passing day.
May we live in such a way that Christ could return at any moment and we'd be comfortable continuing the task at hand. In fact, the wise will endeavor to live each day as if they believe it to be their last. We must not leave matters of eternal importance undone. We must not put off those things of spiritual significance. We must pour our hearts and hands into serving God with all our might today. Tomorrow may be too late. Death may claim us or Jesus could return at any moment. Dear friends, are there things you know you need to do before either of those events takes place? If so, then let me plead with you to do them right now!
Jesus underscored these thoughts in Matthew 24:42-51. Let us contemplate His words of wisdom at this time as we conclude - "Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. But if that evil servant says in his heart, 'My master is delaying his coming,' and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
What will you be doing when Jesus returns? If we can help you get right with the Lord, please do not hesitate to contact us.