It was on a Saturday morning in my childhood many years ago that my mom received a phone call. After she hung up the phone, she exclaimed, “The preacher is coming!” This meant that we needed to get the house cleaned up for company and since it was a sudden, unexpected visit, we had not been planning for any visitor(s), so it was quite in disarray. Of course, we picked up as quickly as possible and then about the time the preacher got to our house, everything was looking great.
We’ve all had this happen at one time or another, the sudden visitor. Sometimes it is the ring of the doorbell that gets the heart palpitating and the mind wondering, “Who’s at the door?!” Being that we weren’t expecting anyone, we were probably in our jammers with the house in disarray. Who hasn’t hidden like no one is home at least once in their life?!
Now that we are living the “city life,” we tend to have more sudden unexpected visitors (mostly salesman) than we had in the country life. Of course, not many people would trek 2 miles in the woods to find us.
As I was thinking about the sudden unexpected visitors and how often we have been caught off guard, I thought of the One that has actually announced His coming, yet it will be sudden. I’m of course talking about the second coming of Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 25 Jesus gave two parables (the parable of the wise and foolish virgins & the parable of the talents) to emphasize His second coming and the need to be ready. In verse 13 of Matthew 25 Jesus said, “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.” The apostle Paul and apostle Peter would also reiterate this truth about the second coming of Jesus in the following scriptures says: “But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape” (1 Thess. 5:1-3); “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (2 Pet. 3:10).
Jesus as well as the apostle Paul and apostle Peter stressed the importance of being ready for that day in which this sudden visitor will make a grand appearance. The five foolish virgins were not prepared and the one talent man had hidden and wasted the talent he had been given by the master, to which they would reap what they had sown (cf. Gal. 6:7-9).
We sing songs that speak of Jesus coming soon, songs about being prepared to meet our God, songs that ask “Are you ready for the judgment day?” How much serious thought do we give to such? I sometimes wonder if it’s about as much of thought to what we give on any given day as to whether we are prepared for a sudden unexpected visitor at our house. Imagine the sudden knock (or ring of the door bell) in the early morning hour. The house is most likely not ready for anyone, but we weren’t expecting anyone either.
Fortunately for my mother, the preacher gave a call ahead of time prior to his arrival for a visit so we could prepare for his arrival. Fortunately for us today, Jesus has already announced that He will be coming again as noted in the aforementioned passages. Fortunately, as well for us we have the instructions on what our spiritual house needs to look like prior to His arrival so all things will be prepared to meet Him. See what Peter said: “Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless” (2 Pet. 3:11-14); “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works” (Titus 2:11-14).
There are many passages of scriptures that instruct us to “clean house,” to prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ. We are told to get rid of the old man of sin, to put away the things of this world (cf. Col. 3:5-8) and to put on the new creation in Christ (cf. Col. 3:9-17). Then as a born again believer (cf. Rom. 6:3,4) we are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood offering up spiritual sacrifices pleasing unto the Lord (cf. 1 Pet. 2:4,5).
The fact is, friends, we don’t think too seriously about our physical house and the clutter and disarray until the knock on the door – then it just got real! Spiritually, the thought rarely even passes through our mind to consider what our spiritual house even looks like. There’s things to throw away, to rid ourselves of, things we need to put out and prepare for the Master’s arrival, yet it won’t be “real” to so many until He comes. Only then it will be too late. We can’t say that He didn’t call ahead of time, because He did. He said Himself that He is coming, He just didn’t give a certain date/time. All the more reason to have our spiritual house in order at all times. So, take a moment and think about your spiritual house. Imagine that Jesus were to suddenly return right now. How’s your spiritual house?
Let’s strive to keep our spiritual house cleaned up, so we will be ready to meet Him.
Something to think about. Have a great week! – DJ 🙂