If Jesus Christ returned today, what would you want Him to catch you doing? A few nights ago I had a dream. It started off as one of those strange dreams that are so weird it’s disturbing, but then something even more strange happened. It was like the dream I was in was interrupted by a different dream.
Suddenly I was in a car driving with two women. They were having a conversation about traveling and taking a long detour so they could see this scenic viewpoint. One of the women pointed straight ahead and told us the view she was talking about was right at top of the hill. Suddenly I saw a bright streak of light flash in the air. The best way to describe it is to say it looked like lightning, but also something I had never seen before. Then more of them. They started flashing progressively faster, forming a magnificent pattern that converged in the sky. I looked up to where they converged and immediately gasped “Jesus!” His name was on my lips as I awoke.
What struck me the most was how sudden it happened. Driving in a car in the most mundane of situations and then within seconds He appeared “coming on the clouds of heaven with great glory.” (Matthew 24:30) It got me thinking about how I’m living. When I saw Him in my dream I was excited with joy, but I was also petrified. In an instant the time for judgment had arrived, and I realized my own sinfulness. “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.” (Luke 21:34)
So, if Jesus Christ returned today, what would you want Him to catch you doing? Maybe you would want Him to find you in church. Maybe you would want Him to find you gathered with family. Our conscience has a pretty good idea of what we do and don't want Him to catch us doing. Personally, I realized that I would want Him to catch me helping someone else and sharing the love of God. Maybe it’s sharing a meal with someone who is hungry, visiting someone in the hospital, giving away possessions to help others. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” (Matthew 25:35-36)
How great it would be to see Jesus coming as we are doing the very things He taught us to do! Jesus tells us, “Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them.” (Luke 12:37) So let us seek to help others more. Let us feed the hungry and visit the sick. Let Jesus find us in a situation that is pleasing to Him. It could all end in an instant.
“You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Peter said, ‘Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?’ And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful.” (Luke 12:40-46)
William Joseph Scheremet