“The coming of the Son of Man can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. When he left home, he gave each of his slaves instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return. You, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know when the master of the household will return—in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak. Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for him!”
This Bible passage is only one of the many parables and teachings of the second coming of Jesus Christ. The Bible has told us numerous times that we must be ready when Jesus comes. It says that “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Many of us North American Christians are aware of this but really in our heads we are thinking “Well, perhaps it will happen after I die, or when I am old, but surely not now. My job is going good, I have a well established home;” or “I’m doing well in school, and I have great plans to study to be an engineer and get a good money-making job.” We all have great earthly plans to do some great earthly thing. We imagine that God will wait for the “important things” in our lives to finish first. But, we must remember, God does not operate on an earthly clock, and our main purpose in life is to bring glory or God, not to accomplish mere self-gaining earthly goals. We must be ready to do God’s will while eagerly awaiting His glorious return.