Published January 31, 2012

Shelia Shares....
"Ready Or Not..."

Children have played hide and seek for as long as I can remember. The person who is "it" covers his eyes and begins to count. Starting at 100, 99, 98, 97, he does a countdown. When he reaches 1, he says, "Ready or not, here I come" and opening his eyes, he begins to search for the other players.

A wise player is prepared and has already hidden before the "1" is spoken. As the person who is "it" says 100, the wise player is on his way to a great hiding place. Better safe than sorry is his motto. He searches for the hiding place as soon as the game starts. He doesn't wait for inspiration to hit with a good hiding place. He seeks one out. When "ready or not, here I come" is spoken, he is quiet and hidden.

Some players are not so wise. They think the time is never going to expire. They don't seem to understand that the countdown numbers are always the same. Not knowing where to hide, they just wait or they go this way and then that. When the "ready or not" call is given, they seem surprised and just freeze wherever they are at that time. Their secret spot often is not secret or hidden.

When it comes to Christ's return, how ready are you? The countdown is in progress. We've been told to watch for the signs and we've already seen many of them fulfilled. Christ has said, "And if I go...I will come again." (John 14:3) We've seen His faithfulness in the past, so why would this promise be any different? Why live like He isn't coming? Why go about daily life without thought for the future? Do we think eternity will take care of itself? Do we think God's promises of judgment and eternal separation from God are just stories?

Christ is coming, "Ready or Not." John 3:16 says He died for everyone. We need to confess our sins and accept His free gift of forgiveness and life while there is time. Please be ready. I'm waiting for the trumpet to sound and Christ to come with a great shout. (I Thessalonians 4:16) That shout might sound a lot like, "Ready or not, here I come."

- Shelia

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