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Matthew 24:40-43

Watch!

40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43 But know this, that if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.


The world wants us to be tolerant. That sounds like a nice thing to be. Let the wicked act according to their beliefs and you mind your own business. Everyone should live together in peace and accept one another's faults. How New Age that is! Tolerance, however, is not a product of love, but of indifference or hatred.

God is said to be longsuffering (patient) with us, but He is not tolerant. He will watch without interfering, as we sin and come close to destroying ourselves, but if we do not learn from the experience and repent of our sins, He will not tolerate us. There will come a day when His Spirit will no longer strive with us and His anger will be vented upon the earth. "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." (Hebrews 10:31)

In that day everyone will not be treated equally. Two shall be in the field and suddenly one will be taken to safety while the other is left to face the wrath of God. Two women shall be grinding at the mill and one shall be removed to be in the very presence of the glorified Lord, while the other shall fall into the hands of the living God. God will not tolerate those who have rejected His Son Jesus Christ.

"Watch therefore." You do not have to watch for Jesus' arrival, because everyone will see Him coming in the clouds. No, you must watch your own behavior and your relationship with God. You must make yourself ready for that day, because you never know when it will occur. You may not have time to finish reading this devotional.

Jesus will come as a thief in the night. If you know when the thief is coming, there is little problem, because you will be ready for him. Most of the time, however, the thief comes when we least expect him and are ill prepared to stop him. The key is preparation.

You must begin today to prepare yourself spiritually for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Sin must be confessed, priorities must be set right, and your commitment to Him must be complete. Are you truly saved? Who is ruling your life? If Jesus is Lord, He must be calling the shots. Has your heart been changed so that you look at things through God's eyes? There is no time to wait, because you do not know when He shall arrive.

Secondly, as a Christian, you are part of God's royal priesthood and you have an obligation to help others to get ready for that big day. Choose your words and actions carefully to create an awareness of the imminence of Jesus' return. Use your position to give your testimony more often and to talk to people one on one. Let your people know that God is not tolerant, and if you are tolerant of their sins you do not love them, because you are pushing them into the hands of an angry God.

Before The Throne:

Pray that you will be ready. Ask God to help you see the areas of your life where you need to change. Ask Him to help you maintain a constant awareness of the imminence of His return. Pray that He will grant you the courage to be intolerant and to speak out against sin. Pray that He will give you a heart that loves others so much that you simply must tell them about Jesus. Pray for your congregation and for the leadership skills that you need to help them be prepared.

For Further Study:

(v.40)
** the one. 2Ch 33:12-24; Lu 17:34-37; 23:39-43; 1Co 4:7; 2Pe 2:5,7-9;

(v.41) ** grinding. Ex 11:5; Isa 47:2;

(v.42) ** Watch. 25:13; 26:38-41; Mr 13:33-37; Lu 12:35-40; 21:36; Ro 13:11; 1Co 16:13; 1Th 5:6; 1Pe 4:7; 5:8; Re 3:2-3; 16:15; ** for. Mr13:33;

(v.43) ** good-man. 20:11; Pr 7:19; ** had. Lu 12:39; 1Th 5:2-6; 2Pe 3:10-11; ** would not. Ex 22:2-3;

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