The Christian music group, MercyMe, has a song entitled “I Can Only Imagine.” In the lyrics, it asks several questions about our first few moments with Christ: “Surrounded by your glory, what will my heart feel? Will I dance for you, Jesus, or in awe of you be still? Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall? Will I sing hallelujah, or will I be able to speak at all?”
The musicians conclude that they can only imagine the answers but intend to worship Him forever.
In light of our message this past Sunday, I gave those questions some real thought. I’ve concluded that I will feel incredibly grateful. I’m unlikely to be dancing, but probably hugging the floor and singing hallelujah (without caring about the quality of my voice).
To be ready for that moment requires some advanced planning. Before we take a trip, we usually make some kind of list to help remind us of what preparations to make, what arrangements are needed, and what we’ll need to pack. We might use an app or the back of an envelope, but most of us will be intentional about these preparations.
With the greatest moment in human history about to take place—the Second Coming of Jesus Christ—it’s fair to ask, “What preparations are we making? Are we ready?”
Have we repented of those things that we have done? Are we dealing with our sins or ignoring them? Do we understand the Lord’s instruction to live a holy and godly life (2 Peter 3:11)? Are we becoming more and more like Jesus?
Have we identified those things that so easily trip us up? Do we ask for His help to overcome them? Are we accountable for our choices? Are we intentional about our passion to grow and mature?
Since His return will come like a thief in the night (Matthew 24:43), we need to make sure we are spiritually packed and ready to go!
Maybe this is a great week for all of us to check our “packing list.” What still needs to be addressed? Let’s get it done and be rapture ready!