CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Are You Ready?

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by Ruth O’Neil

All the signs are there, are you ready?  Are you wondering what I’m talking about?  It’s the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  The Bible even tells us what signs we need to look for. 

Matthew 24:4-8 tells us “there will be wars and rumors of wars.”  It also says there will be famine. When I was in elementary school, I remember one of my teachers telling me that there have been three days recorded in history when there were no wars. How many times do we sit down to watch TV and see a commercial asking for money to help feed the undernourished in other countries?   

This passage also tells of earthquakes.  Lately, there seem to be more and more natural disasters that destroy homes, families and entire villages.  The Bible tells us that “these are the beginning of birth pains.” (vs.8) 

Matthew 24:38 tells us that people will be eating, drinking and marrying.  We all eat and drink and many of us are married, but in America people are doing these things to an extreme.   

Luke 17:28 says that people will be continuing in their business transactions.  Because of the Internet, there are more and more transactions taking place than ever before.  We conduct our business daily with no thought for our eternal future.  Humankind today definitely lives in the moment. 

2 Timothy 3:1-5 “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying it’s power.  Have nothing to do with them.”  Do these verses describe how people in our society act today or what?  You can’t even drive to the grocery store to pick up a gallon of milk without seeing someone who has at least one of these traits. 

So, what are we to do about all this?  In reality, there isn’t a whole lot we can do to change the attitudes of the people around us, but there is definitely one thing we can do.  We can make sure that we are ready for the return of Christ.  Will you be one of the people taken?  Or will you be the one who is left behind in a field as described in Matthew 24:40-42? 

We can all make sure that our business and household affairs are in order, but that won’t do any good when Christ returns.  What about your spiritual affairs?  Have you accepted Him as your own personal Savior?  Christ’s return is imminent.  All the signs are there, are you ready?

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at ruths-real-life (dot)blogspot.com or her website at ruthoneil (dot)weebly.com

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