“Prepare yourself – I am returning”

I’ve always struggled to find a central theme for this blog.

Now, I think I’ve found what will be my central issue for discussion, in the immediate future.

A few weeks ago, we (my wife and I) had a visit from a couple who had recently returned from overseas, missionary work. Over dinner, I was asked what I was going to do, regarding ministry. A question, I always find hard to answer – as I’m often searching and seeking direction from God on what it is, that I should be doing for Him.

The following days were soaked in prayer; again seeking Jesus’ direction for my life, and for His help in identifying those good tasks He has prepared in advance, for me to do.

The consistent answer, which I received was: “Prepare yourself, I am returning.”  Questions still remain as to what ‘prepare yourself’ actually means – but I hope to explore this particular issue over the following months.

No one, will know, the exact time and date of God’s return – when the days, as we know them – end. However, there will be signs that the season is close.

I look forward to God’s return;  there is an air of immediacy in Revelation 22:12-21 (NIV): ‘ “Look, I am coming soon!

My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.”

In what ways would you prepare yourself for Jesus’ return; if you felt that His return was very close?