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I write this in the middle of an unprecedented pandemic. I haven't left my house in 5 days and the government has announced that we shouldn't actually be leaving our homes anyway except for exercise or getting essential supplies such as food.
Do you remember when we all set goals for 2020? We all decided what we wanted to achieve and how we were going to achieve it. I remember many people expressing a particularly special feeling about the turn of the decade. However, within the first month, tragedy struck. No one expected that not even three months into this new year, many countries would be on 'lock-down'. In fact, some would have considered the idea of a lock-down a breach of human rights, yet here we are.
Did you see this coming? I certainly didn't. At work, I thought people were overreacting when claiming we would likely be forced to work from home soon, yet here we are. The world has been forced to put drastic measures in place to protect the human race from COVID-19 because, quite frankly, we were not expecting this at all.
In my quiet time a few days ago, the word 'preparation' sprung into my mind. We had no indication that this virus would infect so many and even be a cause of death for so many so why would we be prepared? But...what about the return of Jesus? We know through God's Word that His return is coming. As Christians we are expecting it and the Bible warns us to be prepared because whilst we know that He will be coming, we do not know exactly when He will come.
Jesus illustrates this in the parable of the 10 virgins waiting for the Bridegroom, Jesus (Matthew 25:1-13). 10 virgins awaited their bridegroom one evening and eventually fell asleep whilst waiting but only 5 came prepared with oil for their lamps. When they all woke up, the 5 unprepared virgins went to get some more oil but the bridegroom came and went into the wedding with the prepared virgins. By the time the unprepared virgins returned, it was too late.
The message Jesus is sending with this parable is clear: we must be prepared for His return to us and if we are not ready, we will be left behind like the unprepared virgins. With COVID-19 we have the ability to change our behaviours in an attempt of slowing down the spread of the virus but once Jesus has come back, we do not have the same opportunity. This time, the time before He comes, is the time we should be using to change our behaviours and live as God has called us to live.
So, what does being prepared look like? First, our hearts must be right with God. This means that we must pray and confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in our Heart that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9). From that moment on, we should be immersing ourselves in God's Word, speaking with Him as frequently as possible in prayer and living a life that is pleasing to Him.
Don't get me wrong, I am not talking from a perspective of a perfect Christian, no one is perfect and we will all get things wrong but we should always repent of our sin and ask God to renew our hearts. Time without God will be worse than anything you can go through on this Earth and that is what eternity will look like for those who have unfortunately not prepared for Jesus coming back.
Thank you for reading! I know this is a pretty heavy topic for the return of the Blog but it is a fundamental belief of many Christians and if we want to spent eternity with the Lord, we must be prepared.
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