Mark 13:33 - How To Live Like Jesus Was Coming Today!

Mark 13:33 - How To Live Like Jesus Was Coming Today! 

Mark 13:33 (KJV) Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not 
when the time is.  

Mark 13:33 (MEV) Take heed, watch and pray. For you do not know 
when the time will come. 

Mark 13:33 (NIV) Be on guard! Be alert ! You do not know when 
that time will come. 

Mark 13:33 (AMP) Be on your guard [constantly alert], and watch 
and pray; for you do not know when the time will come. 

Mark 13:33 (NCV) Be careful! Always be ready, because you don't 
know when that time will be. 


We are not being instructed here to stand by the window and wait 
for Christ's return; rather we are being told to live a certain kind 
of life - a conscious, alert, involved life. [Life Recovery 
Devotional SB] 

The simple fact is that we do not know the moment that God's 
"when" will be transformed into "now." God's when may be today, 
tomorrow, or lie in the distant future long after we have completed our 
sojourns here on earth. But these options make no difference to us at 
all. What is important is that as we wait expectantly, we "watch," 
using every gift and opportunity to serve the Lord. [Victor Bible 
Background Commentary] 


Months of planning go into a wedding, the birth of a baby, a 
career change, a speaking engagement, the purchase of a home. Do you 
place the same importance on preparing for Christ's return, the most 
important event in your life? Its results will last for eternity. You dare 
not postpone your preparations because you do not know when his 
return will occur. The way to prepare is to study God's Word and live 
by its instructions each day. Only then will you be ready. [Life 
Application SB] 

The way to prepare is to love God and to let that love manifest 
itself in obedience to God's Word and Spirit each day. Only then will 
you be ready. [One Year NLT SB re Mark 13:21-37] 

If the love of God flows through us, we will find ourselves 
sharing that love with those around us, for God is love, and that love 
is bigger than its container, the Christian, so it must overflow.  
Those around us long for love, for our world is full of hate, Satan's 
legacy since the Garden of Eden episode.  Let us as Christians share 
God's love as we await the return of His Son from heaven.  [Al Bryant; 
Time with God devotional SB mod. re. Luke 12:35] 


   Anticipation. Preparation. Readiness. Vigilance. These ideas 
permeate Jesus' words in the last half of Luke 12. His words can be 
troubling to us because we don't know what to expect or when to be ready. 
Jesus didn't give the disciples a timetable either.  
   The unknown timing of Christ's return is not a trick to catch 
us off guard. God is not withholding from us important details 
about his plans. If God's Word does not tell us, then we do not need 
to know. If we don't need to know, then we should not be 
preoccupied with figuring it out. Rather, we should focus on what we do 
   Jesus does not tell us when to be ready. Instead, he tells us 
how to live. This is what we know. So anticipation, preparation, 
readiness, and vigilance can all be summed up in another word - obedience. 
By being obedient to what we know, we will fulfill all those other 
things. And God is fair. He will judge us in light of what we know, not 
what we are ignorant of. [One Year NLT SB re. Luke 12:48] 


Just the thought of living so that we are ready when Christ 
returns should fuel all God's children to be about his kingdom work with 
consecrated energy and zeal. Whether we have the strength, time, and vigor 
to do his will depends on our readiness and openness to hearing his 
voice in prayer. Prayer is absolutely necessary if we wish to carry on 
God's work successfully. God has designed it so that he will 
sufficiently and energetically work through us in proportion to how much we 
give ourselves to prayer and so live ready for Christ's return. As we 
see the time of his return drawing near, we evaluate how we are 
spending our days by asking, "What am I to be doing?" The Lord has 
planned and purposed so much for our lives, given us so much work to do 
for his glory. However, so that we can be truly ready, God beckons 
us to his glorious throne room to pour out our hearts and concerns 
and to listen for his marching orders. Then as we work with him in 
fulfilling his Word and purposes, we will do so in his power, love, and 
grace. Are you ready? Living ready begins on our knees ... and 
continues as we stay there. [Praying Through The Bible By Fuller re Luke 

The success of our living ready is dependent on our giving 
ourselves in prayer. E. M. Bounds (1835-1913)  

   Prayer is the breath of the soul. It is the secret of 
spiritual power. No other means of grace can be substituted, and the 
health of the soul be preserved. Prayer brings the heart into immediate 
contact with the Well-spring of life, and strengthens the sinew and 
muscle of the religious experience. Neglect the exercise of prayer, or 
engage in prayer spasmodically, now and then, as seems convenient, and 
you lose your hold on God. The spiritual faculties lose their 
vitality, the religious experience lacks health and vigor. 
   It is only at the altar of God that we can kindle our tapers 
with divine fire. It is only the divine light that will reveal the 
littleness, the incompetence, of human ability, and give clear views of the 
perfection and purity of Christ. It is only as we behold Jesus that we 
desire to be like Him, only as we view His righteousness that we hunger 
and thirst to possess it; and it is only as we ask in earnest 
prayer, that God will grant us our heart's desire.  GW254,5 

Remember that prayer is the source of your strength.  A worker 
cannot gain success while he hurries through his prayers and rushes 
away to look after something that he fears may be neglected or 
forgotten.  He gives only a few hurried thoughts to God; he does not take 
time to think, to pray, to wait upon the Lord for a renewal of 
physical and spiritual strength.  He soon becomes weary. He does not feel 
the uplifting, inspiring influence of God's Spirit.  He is not 
quickened by fresh life.  His jaded frame and tired brain are not soothed 
by personal contact with Christ.  7T243 re Pro.10:29 


All that we do here and now should be done in view of the fact 
of our Lord's appearance.... never let the world around us close our 
eyes to God.... resist the constant temptation to build our lives on 
things rather than on His coming. [Victor Teacher's Commentary re. Luke 

The time is kept a secret, that you may be engaged to stand 
always upon your guard.... watch for his coming, that it may not at any 
time be a surprise to you, and pray for that grace which is necessary 
to qualify you for it, for ye know not when the time is; and.... 
which may come any day." (Matthew Henry's Commentary) 

We must so live that it does not matter when he comes. It gives 
us the high honor of making every day fit for him to see and being 
at any moment ready to meet him face to face. [Barclay Commentary 


Hope for the New Year: The Hope of Glory
   I am Christ in you, the Hope of Glory. The Messiah -- the 
Savior of the world -- lives in you! 
   This promise is for all who have faith in Me: I dwell in your 
hearts through faith. This amazing blessing is a work of My Spirit in 
your inner being. The more you trust Me, the more you can enjoy My 
indwelling Presence -- and the more effectively I can live through you. 
   In a world that may seem increasingly hopeless, remember that 
I am the hope of Glory. 
   This hope is ultimately about Heaven, where you will live 
with Me forever. But the Light of Heaven's Glory is so brilliant that 
some of its rays can reach you even in the present -- no matter how 
dark your circumstances may appear. I am the Light that shines on in 
the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it. As you 
follow Me along your life-path, clothed in My righteousness, this Light 
shines brighter and brighter until full day. 
   Think of it -- the universe knows no greater Power than Me, 
and I live in you! Celebrate My indwelling Presence. It is your gift 
to enjoy. (Col. 1:27; Eph. 3:16, 17; John 1:5; Pro. 4:18) [Jesus 
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