I ponder the prediction that obviously failed for Howard Camping. In reality, anyone who knows their Bible knew it would. I still can’t help but wonder about the return of our Lord and Saviour: Am I Ready??
The question of whether I am ready is a loaded question. I do long to be with the Father in ways I never knew was possible. I dream about that trumpet blast; I have awoken in the middle of the night and found myself listening ever so carefully. The thought of floating into the clouds and having the honor to bow down at my King’s throne sends chills of excitement through me.
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. – 1 Corinthians 15:52
The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. – Revelation 4:10-11
The thing that I think about, however, is am I truly ready to stand before my Creator and answer to Him about my Christian journey? Will I get a “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23)? I fear I may not. I have not done everything God wants me to do. I think about how many people I passed by today and didn’t stop to give them a tract. I think about how many people I didn’t stop to tell them Jesus died for their sins. It becomes overwhelming when I allow myself to acknowledge that I am accountable for the souls I tell and don’t tell about Jesus’ saving grace!
Who doesn’t want their earthly father to be proud of their actions? A child loves it when he or she wins a sporting match or spelling bee, and dad says, “I am so proud of you! You worked so hard!” Well, imagine how much greater it will be when our Heavenly Father says, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
I think about a close friend of mine who has led numerous souls to Christ since I have known him. He is not perfect; he has moments of struggle. Nevertheless, His willingness to work through his fleshly nerves to give the gospel convicts me greatly. I have to watch myself too because I tend to look at what others are doing. If nobody else is doing it, I tend to become timid myself. It happens all the time. I hate to say this wrong, but it happens a lot when I am with people who I consider mature Christians.
I scold myself as I do this comparison because maybe it is ME that God wants to set the example. Maybe it is ME that he wants to set the mold. Because I’M not doing it, others are also not doing it. I realize that sometimes Satan will twist our thoughts into a pattern that justifies our actions; however, that far from makes it right!
For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! – 1 Corinthians 9:16
Don’t get me wrong. I have no doubts at all that I will spend eternity with the Lord Jesus Christ in heaven, and I do treasure the moment that I can embrace him! It is just that I desire to please Him and make Him joyful! I desire for Him to truly be proud of His daughter. I loved the sign I saw the other day, “Did you make God smile today?” It is something I need to start asking daily!
I know that we will receive crowns in heaven for our service, and I am excited about that, but the words mean much more to me than anything else! Hearing my beloved Father say them is the greatest desire of my heart. I pray one day I can be a fruitful enough Christian to hear:
“Well done, good and faithful servant!”