Christ’s return at an unexpected time is not a trap, a trick by which God hopes to catch us off guard. In fact, God is delaying His return so more will have an opportunity to follow Jesus. During this time before His return, we have the opportunity to live out our beliefs and to reflect Jesus’ love as we relate to others.
People who are ready for their Lord’s return are 1. not hypocritical, but sincere; 2. not fearful, but ready to witness; 3. not anxious, but trusting; 4. not greedy, but generous; 5. not lazy, but diligent. Are you delaying?
Commentary from The One Year NIV Devotional New Testament, June 25. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2003.