Jesus prophesied of great earthquakes as a sign of the end times. The disciples asked, “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?”
Jesus didn't answer the question about the end times with how to reinforce our houses, how to position ourselves to make gains in the stock market or to where to move to avoid these last days earthquakes. Rather, Jesus addresses our soul starting with, “Take heed that no man deceive you...”
We should be ready always at all times to meet our maker, because our personal world could change in the blink of an eye by simply driving to work. Here is a dose of perspective:
Reports from Toyko say that the death toll from the March 11, 2001
magnitude-8.9 earthquake in Japan could exceed 10,000.
According to Car-Accidents.com, between 2002 – 2005,
the average number of deaths from automobile accidents
EVERY YEAR in the United States: 42,698.
Now back to our every day world... Can we see a little bit of ourselves in this parable?
And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. (Luke 12:16-21)
Biblical earthquakes and other world events grab our attention and remind us that we are living in the last days. The Lord's return is closer now than ever before and we should be ready to meet him. How can we be ready? Remember how Jesus said, “Take heed that no man deceive you?” How do we avoid deception? By taking responsibility for our own faith. Have a real relationship with Christ. Don't just hear the word - do it!
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
If we don't know the scriptures, we won't know our God! We won't know truth or a lie when we hear it. His word will save us if we'll read it and obey it!
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. (Matthew 7:24-7)
Let's not wait until tragedy strikes before we seek the Lord and serve him with all of our hearts.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:21-23)
Let's be ready to meet our God no matter what happens tomorrow.
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. (Matthew 25:13)
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