Are you a scoffer or a watcher? The importance of watching for Christ

S. L. OzbunBlog, devotional

Are you a scoffer or a watcher? Do you long for the world, or do you long for His appearing?

The Bible tells us in the last days there will be scoffers. What are they scoffing about? They’re scoffing at the idea Christ will be returning soon.

“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” 2 Peter 3:3-4 KJV

I encounter people like this all the time. You tell them we are approaching the last days, you tell them Jesus is coming soon and they scoff. I get the same old line, “Well, people have always believed we are in the last days.” Just like Peter prophesied. To be honest, I know very few Christians who are interested in talking about the return of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Sadly, it seems they love the world more then they long for His appearing. You tell them it’s time to get ready, and they take it lightly. Jesus told a parable about a similar situation in the book of Matthew.

“The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise.” Matthew 22:2-5

They have a career to worry about, kids to raise, or a goal or dream they are busy chasing. They can’t be bothered with the idea they need to be alert, watching, waiting and praying for the coming King. That is why Jesus warns us to be ready, lest He comes like a thief, and take us by surprise.

As for the few who are paying attention, who are watching, who are longing for His coming, I have great news for you. According to the Scriptures, all who delight in the coming of our Lord, will receive a crown of righteousness. Not only that, look at what Jesus had to say about those servants He found watching.

“Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.” Luke 12:37

Again, I ask you. Are you a scoffer or a watcher? Do you long for Him or the things of this world?

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