March 13, 2019
Luke 21:34-36 New Living Translation (NLT)
Today is the seventh day of our 40-Day Lenten Series, “Praying for a Kingdom Heart.” Lent should be a time of prayerful reflection, repentance, and restoration as we draw closer to the heart of God. A Kingdom heart motivates us to focus on the authority of Christ; the One to whom we will one day give an account for how we have chosen to live our lives.
In our passage today, Jesus has been teaching the disciples about the future; what to look for and what will signal his Second Coming. He begins with a warning; they are to guard their hearts against apathy—lack of interest or concern for their spiritual state. They are not to allow their flesh to rule them. They must remain vibrant in their faith and loyal in their devotion to God if they are going to escape the events that precede Christ’s return.
So here is the picture according to Luke 21: 25-28. Jesus tells his disciples to look for a future bringing strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. The tides will be affected. All of nature will be pulled into a place of turmoil. People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken. It is a sign the Kingdom of God is near. Then, everyone will look up and see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with power and glory; he is coming to take his place of authority over creation. For those who have lived carelessly and failed to prepare to meet Christ, they will see gloom and destruction. For God’s children who are watching and have allowed grace to cover them and the Spirit to prepare them, they will experience justice and restoration. Examine your heart today. Are you vibrant in faith and prepared to meet Christ? Have you allowed the Word to have authority over your life? If you have questions about what the Word teaches on certain topics, then do some research. Invest in your spiritual life; it is the real you.
34 “Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, 35 like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. 36 Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”
Prayer: Mighty God, I praise you for your goodness to teach us everything we need to know to be ready for your return. I repent for the times I have allowed my enthusiasm for you to be dulled by life. I ask you to help me remain full of joy and hope. I yield to the work of your Spirit to continue to mold me and make me in your image, Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.