Kati and I are expecting the birth of our baby any day now. Chances are by the time you are reading this you may have heard the news. We have been expecting it for a while now. At the beginning of June we had a measurement ultrasound where we found the baby was measuring at 8 pounds already. (Give or take a pound and with the understanding of uncertainty with these measurements already.) At that point it was 36 weeks into the pregnancy and the measurements were averaging at that for a baby at 38 weeks, 5 days. In our mind, any day was the day. That was weeks ago. Any day is the day. The signs are there and the clock is ticking. Jesus tells us something similar in Matthew 24:42 – Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
Waiting for our baby is serving to remind me of all the things in life that we are waiting for, and even more, all the things that we think we are ready for. We look at the world and our lives and begin to believe that we are ready for the Lord to come. We have had enough waiting. We have had enough of the sin and filth of this broken world. We are ready. Right? It is tempting to believe that we know best. It is tempting to forget we have work to do as we wait. Jesus tells us to “stay awake” and it is not just to sit on the couch watching infomercials at night, it is for a reason we are to “stay awake.”
There are two things this “stay awake” should encourage us toward.
- Stay awake in the Word.
- Stay awake in the world. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some consider slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.(2 Peter 3:9) It is easy to go about our days ignoring those who disagree with us on God stuff. But God has called us to stay awake and to love our neighbors. Stay awake and look for and seize opportunities to love your neighbors as God has loved you. There are many perishing around us and we are equipped with the Love of God to do something about it. The good news is, we don’t have to look far to find our neighbors (or “the world”) they are the people we encounter every day. These are people God has put in our path for us to love. The love for these people is the good works that God has prepared before hand for us to do. As Christ’s redeemed we are blessed to be His hands and feet and as he lives in us we know that He is working through us as we wait.
As I wrap this article up, I am planning to head home to see how Kati is doing, what I can do for her as we wait for the baby to come. As you wrap up reading this article, say a prayer asking God to help you stay awake and aware of what He has done and what He equips you to do as we wait for His return.
Peace in Him