When I was a boy, my father often traveled to other cities to speak at churches and Bible conferences. Sometimes my mother would accompany him, leaving my brother and me alone for a few days. We enjoyed being independent, but we detested doing the dishes.

I remember the time we tried to put off that dreaded chore as long as possible by stacking all the dirty plates, glasses, and silverware in the oven after each meal. At the end of the week, there was hardly any room left. Then, on the evening before Mom and Dad were to return, we rolled up our sleeves and cleaned up the whole mess. It took hours! How ashamed we would have been if our parents had come back earlier than we expected.

Because we don’t know exactly when Christ will return (Mt. 24:36,42,44), we must not get lazy in our Christian walk. The expectancy of His any-moment appearance should help us be “faithful and wise” servants (v.45) and live in a way that “we may have confidence and not be ashamed” when He comes (1 Jn. 2:28).

Yes, Christ will come again, just as He promised. Perhaps today! Do you have any “dirty dishes”? Now is the time to get ready.