A young child lay dying. When asked if there was anything special he wanted he replied, “I would like to meet the president.” The word was relayed to the White House by a special friend of the president.
The next day, and without warning, President Eisenhower went to the child’s home and knocked on the door. The father, not knowing who was there, opened the door. To his surprise it was the president.
The child was elated – his wish had come true. But not so the father. He was embarrassed and horrified. There he stood, unshaven and in a torn undershirt. With head bowed and tears streaming down his cheeks, he muttered repeatedly, “If only I had known, if only I had known…”
Our Lord may return at any moment. Perhaps sooner rather than later. Jesus said, “Of that day and hour, no man knows.” Although we may not know when, we can certainly be prepared. The visible proof of our being prepared for His return is to be clothed in His righteousness and doing His work in His world.
Speaking of His return Jesus used the word “Watch!” If we are truly watching for His return, we will be abiding in Him “and we will not be ashamed...”
Prayer: Father, may we not only look for and long for Your return, but be found fully prepared and unashamed because we are ready to meet You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: 1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.