Pray – (1/2 minute)
Read – (3 minutes) “So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.” (1 Thessalonians 5:6-7)
Passage: Matthew 24:45-51
Few students like getting pop quizzes. One of my favorite stories about pop quizzes occurred on the Baylor campus in the 1940’s. A professor had his class on the second floor of an administration building and on the first day of class a student asked if he gave pop quizzes. The professor replied that he was more likely to come into class through the second story window than he was to give a pop quiz. The students all assumed that meant no quizzes, but the next day, when they arrived to class, the professor was not in the room. Then, just as the tardy bell rang, the professor stepped through the window from the balcony or ledge on the second floor and yelled, “Pop Quiz!” I don’t think the students ever came to class unprepared after that.
To be alert for the second coming means to not be caught off guard. That doesn’t mean we should stand around looking up to the clouds or that we should sell everything and wait around somewhere for Jesus to return. Alertness is looking around for opportunities to serve Christ. It is to fulfill His purposes for your life. Jesus is coming again. Be alert and live right today.
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