For the last several days our eyes have stayed glued to the news and the happenings in Japan. They have suffered not only one disaster but three disasters. First, the earthquake, then tsunami and now the nuclear power plants are experiencing critical cooling problems. As most of us watch, we shake our heads in bewilderment, we send up a prayer for these victims and most of us will give to a cause that will help these people recover from such disasters. Of all developed countries, Japan was probably the most prepared and safety conscious country. If they had not been prepared, there would probably be even more loss of life and destruction.
When such disasters happen as they have recently in Japan, there are thoughts of wonder if we are in the end of times. Yet, it is not for us to know or question. Jesus, Himself does not know when He is to return. He will return when His father tells Him that it is time. The important thing we need to be concerned with is are we prepared?
When disasters hit such as what has happened in Japan, it wakes us all up. It causes us to go through our check list of preparedness. Do we have bottled water? Do we have plenty of food stocked up, batteries, flashlights, and first aid items? Just as disaster reminds us to update our preparedness for potential disaster, we also need to stayed prepared for when Christ does come.
How do we stay prepared? First, we must accept Jesus as our Saviour and establish a relationship with Him. Jesus tells us in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” We must have the Scriptures written on our hearts. Be in constant communication with God through our relationship with Christ. Confess our sins and seek forgiveness. Everyday, demonstrate God’s grace, love and forgiveness.
Not only are we to be prepared, but, we are to help others be prepared for His coming back. Acts 1:8 tells us, you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Are we preparing others? Are we witnessing for Christ?
Jesus’ return may or may not happen in our lifetime. But, when He does return, it is my prayer that there will be many people who will be knocked off their feet by the splendor and awesomeness of His presence and not because they weren’t prepared. In the days ahead, go through your check list of preparedness for Christ’s return. Are you prepared? Are you helping others to prepare?
But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. Matthew 24:36
- Disaster Preparedness: Is Your Family Ready? (abcnews.go.com)
- Father Forgive Us (anointedplace.wordpress.com)