When Harold Camping was setting dates and making all the noise about the second coming of Jesus a few years ago, those who listen to Jesus rather than Harold went on with life as usual, not because they don’t believe Jesus is coming back, but because they don’t believe Harold knows when; “See that no one leads you astray, concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only” (Matthew 24:4, 36). By life as usual, that doesn’t mean as in “the days of Noah, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, unaware until the flood came and swept them all away” (Matthew 24:37-39). Those who listen to Jesus are at all times looking toward Jesus, ready for his coming at any moment, while they eat and drink and marry.
Life as usual, then, for those always anticipating the second coming of the King of kings, Jesus Christ, includes giving food to the hungry, drinks to the thirsty, welcoming strangers and clothing naked people (it actually says that, Matthew 25:38), and visiting the sick and those in prison. “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me’” (Matthew 25:40); and there is the surprise, Jesus has been here the whole time.
Heavenly Father, You came to save the world, and You told the world You will return. God, may all find Your salvation, so that all will be prepared when You come back. I don’t know the day, so may I live everyday anticipating you’re coming, that great day of the Lord.
Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.