“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come…the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.” Matthew 24;42, 44 (NIV)
I need a new watch. I have one I really like but the band is broken and it is the kind of cheap watch you can’t buy a band for. I can’t find another like it. I have one that is very pretty but is too large on my wrist. This bothers me. When I want to find out the time, I have to pull it down where it has risen on my forearm and turn it around. Too much hassle. I want a watch that I can glance at and tell the time. A watch is supposed to do it’s job, help you know what time it is.
I sort of have a problem with Matthew 42-44. First it tells me to watch for the Lord and then it tells me I won’t have a clue about what time to expect Him. I like having a general idea of when company is coming, especially Someone as important as the King of the Universe. In this case, though, a watch, any watch, isn’t going to do me much good.
Why then did Jesus tell His disciples to watch and be ready for His return, as it is recorded in three of the gospels (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21)? I think it’s kind of like an aunt who drops by every so often when she is in town. I never really know when she’s coming but I sure don’t want my house to be a mess if she does come by. So I have my house, or at least the front room, presentable every day. That way if she comes, I’m ready.
I can do a similar thing to be ready for when the Lord comes back. I can read and know His Word. I can write it on my heart by incorporating it in my everyday life. I don’t have to stand gazing toward the Eastern sky every day. The watch I will keep is on my own life. That way, I will be ready, expectant, excited whenever He does comes. For He will surely come.
My pastor, John Battaglia, summed it up in a sermon he preached today: “Read and know The Book. There will be a day when we cannot find the Bible text. It will need to be written on our hearts. You have to be ready. You don't know when He's coming.”
Hey, maybe that means I don’t need a new watch!