As I write this I am looking out the window at a gray and rainy day. If the weather people are correct this is how the last day of November for 2009 will go. As we welcome December first it become very real that Christmas is nearly upon us. Soon all the conversations will at some point turn to the question of whether we have all our Christmas shopping done. The real question that is being asked there is, are you ready? I wonder if we are ready for Christmas? Not the gifts and parties and all that. Are we ready to celebrate the coming of Christ to our world?
In 2 Peter the conversation is around the second coming of Christ. But whether it is the celebration of Christ's first coming, or the triumphal return of Christ, the question remains the same, are we ready? No matter what the so called experts say, and no matter what all the predictions might point to, we do not know when the hour will be upon us. Therefore we must always be ready for that moment. This is where being ready to celebrate Christmas collides with the second coming. Being ready means having our lives centered around Jesus Christ. There are many things which would distract us and draw our focus from Christ. Being ready means being deeply connected to God through Jesus Christ. Are you ready?
The moment will come when it is too late. That moment is not know by anyone except God. For this moment however, there is time to get ready. We have time to get our lives centered around Christ. We have time to get connected with God. So put down the credit card. Do not get that shopping cart. First, stop and ask God to meet you. Then follow what God puts in front of you. Conform your life to the life Jesus showed us in the Scriptures, and you will be well on your way to being ready.