First and foremost, I sincerely apologize to those of you who read these every day. My computer broke a couple of weeks ago and is still in the shop. So, I have been sharing my husband’s computer and have to use it when he’s not. That is the reason for the sporadic devotionals, but I am trying to get back on track now. 🙂
Mark 13:28-37 28Now learn a lesson from the fig tree: as soon as its branch becomes tender and it puts forth its leaves, you recognize and know that summer is near.29So also, when you see these things happening, you may recognize and know that He is near, at [the very] door. 30Surely I say to you, this generation (the whole multitude of people living at that one time) positively will not perish or pass away before all these things take place. 31Heaven and earth will perish and pass away, but My words will not perish or pass away. 32But of that day or that hour not a [single] person knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Be on your guard [constantly alert], and watch and pray; for you do not know when the time will come.
As burdened as I have become to reach the lost, I’ve also been equally stirred to make sure my personal relationship with God is the best it can possibly be. Initially we talked about this scripture in the context of a non-believer. Today let’s look at it a little differently. Just as we asked the non-believer, “Are you ready to meet Jesus? Do you know Him as your Lord and Savior? let’s apply this verse to those of us that are already Christians. Are you ready to meet Jesus face to face? Is your relationship something that you are satisfied with? Or are there areas in your walk with God that could use a little tweaking? I’ll raise my hand high on that one! If Jesus were to come back today would you be proud to stand before Him knowing that you loved Him the best you could, or would you wish that maybe you had taken a little more time to know Him, to spend with Him? The good news is, if you’re reading this He hasn’t come back yet, so you still have time to make some adjustments!
A great place to start is setting aside time each day just to spend with your Heavenly Father. Whether it be reading the scriptures, or praying or worshipping, time spent with Him will develop your relationship, and take you to a greater place in Him.