Matthew 24:29-50

If you are around me on a regular basis, one thing that you might notice about me is my unique gait as a I go about my day. Most people know when I’m approaching by the sound of my scurrying steps. Some people call it “running around,” but I prefer to call it “walking with purpose.” I walk with purpose around the office, at home when I’m doing chores, and even when I used to go grocery shopping. Moving at this pace not only ups my physical efficiency but it keeps my mind focused on the work at hand and allows me to block out distractions. Sometimes, my swift gait leads to timely accomplishments and crossed off to-do lists, but sometimes, when I’m focused on the wrong things, it accomplishes nothing.

This passage of Scripture speaks of the day we all look toward with a sense of exhilaration. We know that one day Jesus will return and dwell among us. We speak of this moment often as we long for the day He will come back. We don’t know when this will be or how long we will have to wait, but we know it will absolutely happen. However, as we wait, we have a choice to make. We have to choose what to put our focus on.

Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Matthew 24:44

So my questions for you (and for myself) are these . . . Will you walk with purpose as you wait for the coming of our Lord? Will you allow yourself to be fully invested in your calling to make disciples, love one another, and serve our God? Will you walk with purpose toward a closer relationship with your God, blocking out the distractions the enemy throws in your path? Will you be intentional in choosing your focus, choosing to focus on the coming of our Savior and the kingdom work to be done rather than tasks leading only to earthly satisfaction? How will you choose to wait, and will you be ready?

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