According to the ancient Mayan calendar (pictured left, click it for a bigger image), as well as some interpretations of Nostradamus, the world will end on December 21, 2012. Now if you’re like me, you don’t put any stock in things like this, fascinating though it may be.
But what if…
What if the world really is gonna end in two and a half years?
Because it could.
Then again, it could end before you finish reading this.
In Luke 12:35-40, Jesus tells a parable to emphasize that those who follow him should always be ready for him to come back, to be ready for the end of the world. Because it could come any day. Any minute.
Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning, as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks. The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded. I tell you the truth, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat! He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn.But whenever he comes, he will reward the servants who are ready.
“Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would not permit his house to be broken into. You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.
What does that mean? Or better asked, what does that look like?
If you are a Christ-believer, a Christ-follower, what does it mean to you to be ready? What should you be doing if in fact the world does end today?
Jesus elaborates in the following paragraph:
And the Lord replied, “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. But what if the servant thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant in pieces and banish him with the unfaithful.
And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished. But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.
What do you think? Are you ready in case the world ends?
Just something to think about.
Because it could…
Have a nice day.