It’s easy to get caught-up with everyday life.

It’s easy to get caught-up with everyday life. We need to work for sufficient income to live; food and clothing need to be purchased; meals need preparing and children require education. Ordinary things like meeting family and friends are important too—something much missed during lockdown—as is participating in get-togethers such as weddings and family celebrations. Many people enjoy sport, either participating or watching, while others look forward to being able to attend cinemas and concerts once again. All these ordinary things make up our daily lives. They are necessary; they bring value and are frequently activities we enjoy and that make us feel good. Yet Jesus gave us a warning. Luke recorded this saying about the day Jesus will come back: "They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built...” (Luke 17:27-28 NKJV) There is nothing wrong with the things Jesus listed—they are normal everyday activities—but he warns that people can get so caught up in them that they will not be ready for what will happen when Jesus returns. Those verses suggest his return may not be immediately preceded by a warning to drop everything and prepare. His point is that by the time he returns, it will be too late: it is likely to come as a surprise. So now we are released from some of the restrictions caused by COVID-19, and life starts to regain normality, let’s not ignore Jesus’ words. Yes, we do need to continue with everyday things, but he warns us that, as we do them, we should be continually aware that he could return at any minute. That means our lives need to be anchored to the things of the Bible. It doesn’t mean abandoning the everyday things of life, but it does mean living with God’s teachings always at the forefront of our minds and letting them guide our thoughts and behaviour, allowing them to mould us and affect all our actions. That way, when he returns and we have to stand before him, we will not be unprepared.

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