Be Prepared! Part 1: Remove Hindrances to Believing

Are you ready?

If Jesus Christ returned today – even in the next two minutes – would you be prepared to meet Him? Do you know how to prepare?

Jesus’ instructions to us in Luke 12:35-48 should wake us up. Being ready is all-important. Why? Because when He returns, we must all stand before Him to give an account of what we have done with what we have been given. For every person, there will be eternal consequences, either reward or punishment.

Jesus says to us, “You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect” (Luke 12:40). Jesus’ return is certain. He predicted His death and resurrection, and it came to pass. He promised to come again – soon (John 14:3; Revelation 22:20). His return is imminent. He could appear at any moment.

They believed. Do you?

The early Christians believed the Word of the Lord. They lived with the imminent return of Christ uppermost in their minds. Their faith motivated them to action, to prepare themselves to meet Jesus.

What do you believe about Christ’s return? Do you honestly believe He will come again – possibly in your lifetime?

What you believe is so important! Belief is what motivates you to act. If you truly believe Christ will return, you will want to know how to prepare yourself. You will take action to prepare.

How many of us have heard that Jesus is returning, yet we continue to live as if He is not? We may have heard that His return is imminent, meaning He could return at any moment. Jesus Himself promised, “I am coming soon” (Revelation 22:20). Yet we live as if His return is far off in the future.

If we are not actively preparing ourselves for Christ’s return, the problem could be that we don’t really believe what the Scriptures say. Or, we are so entangled in this world that we are not concerned (Luke 21:34). Either way, Scripture warns that being unconcerned about Christ’s return is a dangerous way to live.

We need to remove the hindrances to believing.

How to Remove Hindrances to Believing

What does believe mean? Believe is another word for faith. Abraham in the Old Testament “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness” (Romans 4:3). ”Abraham’s faith pleased God greatly, “and he was called the friend of God” (James 2:23).

Faith – believing – is how we appropriate the salvation God has provided for us through Jesus Christ. It is a crucial ingredient in appropriating God’s promises.

How does faith come? Romans 10:17 tells us, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”

Hearing the Word over and over builds faith. So does reading, studying, and speaking the Word until it is planted in your heart. This is the process of Scripture meditation that God commands in His Word (Joshua 1:8).

Joshua 1:8

“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”

You can increase your faith. Ask God to help you read and study His Word. As you devote yourself to meditating on Scripture, your faith will grow. And your actions will follow.

What if you are so entangled in the world that your heart is weighed down and you aren’t that concerned about Jesus’ return? You will see a difference if you take even a little time every day to read and study God’s Word, and to pray. Ask God to help you. He is waiting for you to come to Him.

Steps You Can Take Today – Right Now

Step 1:

Make sure you are in right relationship with God. Have you turned from sin and accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Are you following Him? Read “How Can I Know God?” 

Step 2:

Read and reflect on 2 Peter chapter 3. These 18 verses give us crucial understanding of the promise of Jesus’ return. Read the passage first. Then use the questions below to guide you as you reflect on the truths these verses reveal. Be sure to answer question 12.

  1. What should we remember? (verses 1-4)
  2. What is Peter’s answer to those who refuse to believe the promise of Christ’s return? (verses 3-7)
  3. What is Peter’s explanation of why Christ has not yet returned? (verses 8-9)
  4. How will the day of the Lord come, and what will happen? (verses 10,12)
  5. In light of these truths, how should we be living? (verses 11-12)
  6. What promise of God should we be looking for? (verse 13)
  7. Since we are looking for these things, how should we be living? (verses 14-15)
  8. What other New Testament writer wrote of these things, and how does Peter describe his writings? (verses 15-16)
  9. What do the “untaught and unstable” do with the Scriptures? (verse 16)
  10. Since we know this beforehand, what should we be doing? (verse 17)
  11. What should we be growing in? (verse 18)
  12. Now that you know these things, ask God to show you one change you can make today to help you prepare for Christ’s return. Then do it.

You may also be interested in this article: “How Can You Recognize Jesus When He Returns?”

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