A friend of mine who has lived all her life in California goes to sleep every night with her shoes and a flashlight under the bed. When she was a child, her father required every family member to be ready to leave the house if an earthquake were to come during the night.
“During a tremor,” my friend says, “windows shatter and electricity is lost. With shoes I can walk on broken glass and with a light I can find my way in the dark. I never go to bed without them. I’m ready.”
When Jesus spoke to His followers about His return, He said, “Be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Luke 12:40).
What does it mean for a Christian to be ready for Christ’s return? Jesus said that instead of worrying about material things, we are to trust God’s provision and make His kingdom our priority (vv.22-31). Instead of fear that grasps, we are to demonstrate faith that gives (vv.32-34). Like faithful servants, we should expect our Master at any time, because He will return at an unexpected hour (vv.35-40).
Jesus promised to return and told us how to live as we wait for His coming. Our lives, more than our lips, are to say, “I’m ready!” —DCM
He surely is coming, I do not know when;
But this I am sure of, He's coming again;
So you'd better get ready, no time for delay,
For Jesus is coming, it may be today! —Smith
Be ready for the last moment by being ready every moment.