When all the end-time fanatics and "christians" who interpret the Bible to fulfill their own interests start preaching of Jesus' return on such-and-such a date, I can look to this verse and say with absolute certainty that they do not speak for God.
However, as wrong as I think these people to be, all their hype does bring to light a very important question: Am I ready for Christ's return?
Mark 13:33 goes on to say:
"And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert!"
I don't know about you, but most days I'm more likely to be caught resting on my laurels than doing His work.
In verses 34 through 37 Jesus tells us:
“The coming of the Son of Man can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. When he left home, he gave each of his slaves instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return. You, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know when the master of the household will return—in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak. Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for him!”
Now, this isn't to mean that we are never to rest our bodies!
Rather, we should not let our faith and trust in Christ be put to sleep. We should constantly be producing fruits for His good.
Paul tells us in Galatians 5:22-23:
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
...and there is no excuse for us to not produce them!
Our church is currently doing a series on Living the Fruits of the Spirit. If you'd like to watch any of them, you can go HERE.
Want to join in this challenge?
Here's how to participate:
1. Select a scripture.
My hope is that each week you will search your Bible and select a verse that has meaning for you.
Here's a link to a good Bible verse search engine.
2. Add a photo to it.
I hope that you will chose a photo that goes with your chosen scripture, and not just throw these two elements together. The photo can be from your archives or a new shot. Please only use your own photos. You can have the scripture on your photo, below it, make a collage - however you want, as long as the two elements are together!
3. Put the Scripture & a Snapshot button in your post.
You won't be deleted or banned if you don't. It just helps spread the word...and the Word. ;)
It also helps visitors from the blog hop quickly identify your Scripture & a Snapshot post.
4. Come back here and link up your post.
Please link directly to your Scripture & A Snapshot post, not the home page of your blog.