32 “But nobody knows when that day or hour will come, not the angels in heaven and not the Son. Only the Father knows. 33 Watch out! Stay alert! You don’t know when the time is coming. 34 It is as if someone took a trip, left the household behind, and put the servants in charge, giving each one a job to do, and told the doorkeeper to stay alert.35 Therefore, stay alert! You don’t know when the head of the household will come, whether in the evening or at midnight, or when the rooster crows in the early morning or at daybreak. 36 Don’t let him show up when you weren’t expecting and find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to all: Stay alert!” (Mark 13:32-37)
The focus of the second coming is a part of Advent I love to dwell on as I learn more about the season. I want to have that anticipation stirred in me again.
The disciples got into this discussion because they were so taken with the Temple mount and all its beauty. Jesus said it wouldn’t last and THEN they wanted to talk about the end times.
I don’t want my life so caught up with the “stuff” of this life, the satisfaction I may have with what is going on in my life, that I get sleepy and miss anticipating his return. When I am about the Father’s business, that anticipation can remain high. I can be about his work and think, “If he comes for us now I can show him this! I want to show him this!”
But if I’m satisfied with all the nice things around me and reach a place of complacency (not contentment, because contentment is different), then I begin to go to sleep and my anticipation slips.
Lord, help me to be about your business today. Let me be in your activity today and as I am, let me think, “If you came right now for me, I would want to show you this!”
Longing to see my King…