Today my expecting wife reached 40 weeks and 2 days. Even though she is only 2 days past the due date, we have been expecting our baby boy to come for weeks now. The medical professionals said that Julie would likely go into labor weeks before her actual due date. So, for about 3-4 weeks, we have been expecting our boy to come “any day now.” But, obviously here we are, still waiting. Since all of this has been at the forefront of my mind, it has been difficult to concentrate on much else, hence this article.
With our little boy due to make his arrival at any moment, it has been essential that we are completely prepared. We have bags packed and sitting by the door. We have his room all set up. We have the car seats installed. We have cleared our calendar. We have generous people ready to drop everything at a moments notice to come help with our daughter. This weekend I even had to cancel a commitment that would have taken me an hour outside of town. While we don’t know when our baby boy will come, we know for sure that eventually he will come.
It is amazing how similar this is to Christ. We know for sure that Christ is coming (Matthew 24:36, 42-44; 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3). Are our spiritual bags packed? Are we completely prepared to meet with the Lord? We have been given plenty of time to prepare so there is no excuse not to be ready. On that day we will hear one of two answers. If we are prepared, we will hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:23). If we are not ready, we will hear, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:23).
We know Jesus is coming. It could be today or tomorrow. This leaves one last question, “Are you ready?”