Watch Therefore, For You Don’t Know His Hour.

If there be an issue that is of concern in our century is Security. Weapons of sophisticated form
are being manufactured to assure, if soothing ain’t the best term, of safety. It is of so much
concern to both the poor and the rich, those with plenty and those with limited. Within statehouse
doors are locked, if not hammered to the wall, even if security is termed tight as well as those in
the slums. We are all proactive in safeguarding ourselves; we don’t sleep with our doors
unlocked. The thief is more likely to hit anytime as so preparedness is inevitable.
Our Lord Jesus Christ explaining about the second coming and judgement of the world gave the
illustration of a thief to remind all that we need to always be prepared. Mathew 25:43-44 …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. Therefore be ye
also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. With reference to this,
two things are true. Either Jesus may return or He may call us home. Time in this status is not of
essence unlike the status and the condition of the heart.
Jesus’ call is for us to safeguard our hearts lest the thief, Satan, comes to steal that which is and
has been deposited within our hearts. But the question of what is this that is our heart must arise.
Jesus in this case is talking to His disciples; men who had known Him and accepted Him. The
believer has something to safeguard. Salvation has to be safeguarded lest the devil ensnares us to
fall at his trap and his plan is to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) whereas Christ comes to give
life in abundance.
For sure He went but dwells within us for He is Emmanuel. He, Jesus Christ, will physically
return. Whether He tarries to come or call you home, He’ll still do it. That preparedness arises
from first acknowledging the malady and the brokenness in you. That I’m a sinner and separated
from Him, God. Secondly, that Christ has taken upon Himself to reconcile every one of us to
God the Father by being the sin sacrifice to bridge the gap. Thus, going through the bridge
includes accepting that He died for you, resurrected and ascended to heaven. Because He lives, I
live. Once you accept Christ Jesus’ sacrifice, you have something to protect and to safeguard
from the thief – salvation. John 3:17 – 18 … For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn
the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not
condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the
name of the only begotten Son of God.
He, Jesus, has made a call to all of us, and He is, to come unto Him because He is waiting for
anyone that comes to call unto Him and He will save them. The good thing is that salvation is not
based on the magnitude of sin one has, colour skin, country or continent, tribe or race, etc. It is
about a heart that soul searches itself and needs a Saviour. What is needed is not a self-pitied
heart and soul but rather a soul that confesses unto Him: oh wretched soul that I am, who will
save me if not you my God, who knows the status and condition of my heart if not you my God,
Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise
Jeremiah 17:14. His arms are open unto all of us who run unto Him for help as He speaks to our
hearts: ‘Watch Therefore, For You Do Not Know My Hour.’

THE ETERNAL GIFT VOUCHER

The other day I was reminded of a special gift that is often given out – but it has special conditions to it. Call it the gift voucher. I never knew this till I saw from my friend and learnt how it operates. A gift voucher has a worth, date at which I was issued, the consignee and the validity duration. The consignee is not so much considered because if you lose it, someone can take it to the supermarket and use it. Secondly, the gift voucher doesn’t last forever, it had a duration within which it ought to be used after which it becomes obsolete. When man sinned and was driven off the Garden of Eden, God sought of a way of reconciling the world, Humanity, back to Himself. Christ Jesus, Son of God, came into the world and paid the ransom to our sin. He paid the ultimate cost for sin committed by us and not Him. He was motivated by love. Just like the person who purchases the gift voucher for you. Christ, through His death on the cross as stated in the Gospels … Mathew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23 &24 and John 19 &24, gave the universe a gift: the gift of salvation. He died and resurrected on the third day just as He had stated earlier on. The consignee of this gift voucher, salvation, is anyone who accepts His offer. He died for the sin of the world and the privilege is unto anyone who accepts His offer. Even upon being gifted with the voucher, one may choose to reject it and so is salvation. It is an offer that has been given to every human but the willingness to receive or reject it depends on one’s freewill – this is an inherent characteristic that was set in place by God. All men are mortal while God is immortal. That means that we ain’t gonna live forever in this world – life on earth is temporal. A gift voucher has a limitation of time and value of what an individual can obtain with it but one may add money to get a thing of higher value than the one in the voucher. By the fact that we shall not live in this world forever is an illustration that the offer for accepting Christ Jesus will not last forever. It will last for as long as life endures on earth and after that the offer is no more. Romans 10: 8- 13 tells us that we just need to call unto Him and He will saves us for whoever believes in Him shall have eternal life John 3.16. Believing in Jesus’ death and resurrection and the power behind this is the gift. The value of this gift is immeasurable and needs not to be topped up to get a thing of higher value. It is the ultimate gift upon which we kick off life eternal the moment we receive it. The assurance is that we are guaranteed of life eternal the moment we receive Him. That the moment we die we shall rise again and be joined to Him. Failure to accept this offer will result to spending life in eternal condemnation. The call is to repentance, being born again and walking in the ways of holiness. Today is the day of salvation and upon hearing His voice, we are admonished not to harden our hearts