When Jesus Will Come Back and How to Prepare [Luke 12:40 Daily Devotional]
There’s a lot of nonsense from people predicting and proclaiming that Jesus is coming back on a certain day. Rest assured, friends, that “no one, not even the Son” knows when Jesus is coming back. Even here, in this verse, we see Jesus telling his followers that we must be ready at all times. He says this because he will come again at a time when no one expects him. So, when someone says Jesus is coming back on a specific date, you can be sure that they don’t actually know. No one has an inside track to the Father.
When Jesus Will Come Back and How to Prepare
Nonsense aside, you can learn a lot from this verse. You learned from Jesus that you need to be ready, and there are a few ways you can prepare even though no one knows when Jesus is coming back.
- Take care of yourself spiritually. You’ve been given a soul, and you need to care for it. Take time to rest through practicing the Sabbath or try fasting. Make time to pray and read your Bible, as well. All of these are spiritual practices that can help you take care of yourself spiritually.
- Take care of yourself physically. You’ve been given a body, and you need to care for it. Exercise, eat healthy, and (again) rest! Be a good steward to what God has given you because this is the body you will inherit in the resurrection.
- Take care of the earth. In the same way you’ve been given a soul and a body, you’ve been given the earth to take care of. You can start small be recycling and avoid littering. Or you can go further by planning community clean up days and getting involved politically to help preserve the earth. This is the earth we’ll inherit when Jesus comes again, so let’s take care of it.
Jesus, thank you for my soul, my body, and the earth. Help me to take care of each one as you’ve entrusted me to do. Though I don’t know when you’ll be back, I do know I can be prepared. So, help me to prepare as best I can as I await your return. It’s in your name I pray, amen.
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