Stay Ready

Charles Swindoll wrote in one of his books about working in a machine shop alongside a fellow named George. It seems that George’s job was to sweep and clean out the shavings underneath the lathes and machines. Evidently, George was a devoted Christian and loved the teachings of Scripture on the Second Coming of Jesus.

Swindoll shared, “I can remember hearing him sing hymns as he worked. Many of them had to do with the coming of Christ, such as In the Sweet By and By and When the Roll is Called Up Yonder. Late one Friday afternoon about 10 minutes to quitting time when we were all weary, I looked at George and said, ‘George, are you ready?’ He said ‘Uh-huh.’ But he was all dirty. He was obviously not ready. I said, ‘Aren’t you ready to go home?’ He said, ‘Yeah, I’m ready.’ I said, ‘Look at you! Man, you’re not ready. You’ve gotta go clean up.’ He said, ‘No, let me show you something.’ So he unzipped his coveralls and underneath were the neatest, cleanest clothes you can imagine. He had them all ready. All he did when the whistle blew was just unzip and step out of that coverall, walk up, and punch his clock and he was gone. He said, ‘You see, I stay ready to keep from getting ready – just like I’m ready for Jesus!’”

I suppose that would be a good practice for all of us—to stay ready at all times for the Second Coming of Christ. The Apostle John tells us one day suddenly and surprisingly He will return, “Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of Him. So shall it be! Amen.” (Revelation 1:7).

If we are assured He is coming tomorrow, then we should be ready today. That is one reason I have begun a series on Revelation to remind us of His return and to urge us to prepare today for that coming day! 

See you Sunday (9:30 am Classic Service & 11:00 am Contemporary Service) as I preach on the subject The Glory of Jesus Revealed (Revelation 1:9-20).

Devotedly yours,
Pastor Ron

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