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You Do Not Know When the Time Will Come

Be on guard, keep awake.  For you do not know when the time will come.  (Mark 13:33 ESV)

In the ESV Bible the phrase “do not know” appears 92 times.  That should tell us something about our knowledge, or lack of it.

When Jesus spoke these words, He specifically was referring to the time of His second coming.  But like many other passages, this command has a personal application as well:  you and I do not know when the time will come when we will personally see Jesus, when our life on earth will be over.  We would all admit that it could be any day, even today.

The question is, are we really living as if we believed it could be today?  Are we living coram deo, before the face of God, being a faithful and devoted servant of our Master?  Or are we sleeping today the slumber of anxiety or self-absorption or materialism?

You do not know when the time will come.  Live like it.



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