Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
“Be prepared” is the motto of the Boy Scouts of America. I became a Boy Scout at the age of 12 and eventually earned the rank of Star Scout (before losing interest in my late teens). I always regretted not sticking with it and am so thankful for the great leaders I had and all that I learned. So many of the skills I attained have stuck with me (even 50 years later)! I still recommend that young boys be involved.
The idea of “being prepared” applies to all of life’s events and should certainly apply to the life of a Christ-follower. We must be prepared for the return of the Savior. In fact, as believers, if we are walking in the Spirit, we will be prepared for we “are not in darkness.” For most, the Lord’s return will be an unwelcome surprise, but certainly not so for those who love Him.
Are you prepared?
A Scout is never taken by surprise; he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens. – Robert Baden-Powell
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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