After Friday overnight service at around 4:30 in the morning, I heard a taxi stop at our gate. I knew it was my beloved husband arriving from the airport. He traveled to Shanghai, China to attend a cosmetic ingredients exhibit and conference. Immediately, I opened the CCTV to see him enter. But instead of opening the pedestrian gate with his key, he reached out his arm for the lockbar of the garage gate and tried to open it. I knew then that he didn’t have his key. So, I rang the bell for the maid to open for him. When I looked at the CCTV again, he was gone. Before the maid could open the main door, I saw my husband jump over the fence. As he landed on the ground, I imagined a thief trying to stealthily enter our house.
As I watched him haul his luggage and hand-carried bags, my thoughts wandered to the “thief of the night” which the Bible speaks of.
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. (1 Thess. 5:1-2)
A thought flitted in my mind: Can I catch the coming of the Lord Jesus through my CCTV camera? Maybe if I keep on watching and waiting for Him, I just might. I smiled at my silliness. But the thought remained with me for days. Are we faithfully waiting and watching for His coming? Are we living like He might come any day, any hour, any moment now? What if He comes just when we are not watching? When we are busy pursuing other things, non-spiritual things? I know sometimes I live like He’s not coming any time soon. Not in my lifetime anyway. But such thoughts will only dampen our fervency in following and serving Him.
As I look at photos and updates of some of my younger JMCIM brethren on my FB newsfeed, I’m distressed at how they are being influenced by this ultra-modern generation. I can see that holiness is being compromised. I remember the beloved Hon. Asst. Pastor Lina C. Almeda teaching fiercely about following a life of holiness. In all the days of her life, she breathed it. In the pulpit, she lamented the state of some of the Church’s youth who strayed from the teachings of the Bible, pursuing worldly pleasures and breaking their parents’ hearts. I thank the Lord that her teachings on living a holy life were established in my heart and they serve as my guide. They are constant reminders for me to exemplify a life of holiness and to teach it to my children in turn.
The youth can easily fall into temptations, what with the Internet and all. Even parents can be influenced by the modern thinking of their children if they are lax and not watchful. I’ve observed that there are Christian parents who are afraid to rebuke their erring teenagers. Hence, they turn away from the teachings of the Bible and fail to follow the way of holiness.
Do we love the pleasures of this world so much that we don’t anticipate the coming of our Lord and Savior with eagerness and watchfulness?
“Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping [not doing the things He has called us to do]. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’” (Mark 13:35-37 NIV, annotations mine)
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