Are You Ready?

by / Thursday, 28 May 2015 / Published in Eternal Life

“Be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”  Matthew 24:44

Suppose that today Christ should appear in the clouds of heaven, who…would  be ready to meet Him? Suppose we should be translated into the kingdom of heaven just as we are. Would we be prepared to unite with the saints of God, to live in harmony with the royal family, the children of the heavenly King?  What preparations have you made for the judgment? Have you made your peace with God?… Are you seeking to help those around you, those in your home, those in your neighborhood, those with whom you come in contact that are not keeping the commandments of God?… Remember that profession is worthless without a practice that enters into the daily life.  God knows whether we are keeping His law in truth. He knows just what we are doing, just what we are thinking and saying.  Are we getting ready to meet the King?  When He comes in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory, will you be able to say, “Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us?”  Isaiah 25:9  To those who can say this Christ will say, “Come up higher.  Upon this earth you have loved Me.  You have loved to do My will.  You can now enter the Holy City and receive the crown of everlasting life.”

If it were possible for us to be admitted into heaven as we are, how many of us would be able to look upon God? How many of us have on the wedding garment?  How many of us are without spot or wrinkle or any such thing?…

This is our washing and ironing time–the time when we are to cleanse our robes of character in the blood of the Lamb.  John says, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world… John 1:29  Shall we not let our sins go?…

I entreat you, brethren and sisters, to labor earnestly to secure the crown of everlasting life.  The reward will be worth the conflict, worth the effort… In the race in which we are running, everyone may receive the reward offered–a crown of everlasting life.  I want this crown; I mean by God’s help to have it.  I mean to hold fast to the truth, that I may see the King in His beauty.

E. G. White, Maranatha (The Lord Is Coming) p. 298

“And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.”  I John 2:28

Christ came into the world to save sinners, not in their sins but from their sins, and to sanctify them through the truth; and in order that He may become a perfect Saviour to us, we must enter into union with Him by a personal act of faith.  Christ has chosen us, we have chosen Him, and by this choice we become united to Him and are to live from henceforth, not unto ourselves, but unto Him who has died for us.  But this union can only be preserved by constant watchfulness, lest we fall into temptation and make a different choice, for we are free always to take another master if we so desire.  Union with Christ means an unfailing preference for Him in every act and thought…

We are to consider ourselves as constituting the family of Christ, and we are to follow Him as dear children.  Adopted into the household of God, shall we not honor our father and our kindred?…

We must establish an unyielding enmity between our souls and our foe, but we must open our hearts to the power and influence of the Holy Spirit.  We want Satan’s darkness to be shut out and the light of Heaven to flow in.  We want to become so sensitive to holy influences that the lightest whisper of Jesus will move our souls… Then we shall delight to do the will of God, and Christ can own us before the Father and before the holy angels as those who abide in Him…

But we shall not boast of our holiness.  As we have clearer views of Christ’s spotless and infinite purity we shall feel as did Daniel when he beheld the glory of the Lord and said, “My comeliness was turned in me into corruption.”  Daniel 10:8  We cannot say, “I am sinless” till this vile body is changed and fashioned like unto His glorious body.  But if we constantly seek to follow Jesus, the blessed hope is ours of standing before the throne of God without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, complete in Christ, robed in His righteousness and perfection.

E. G. White, That I May Know Him, p. 361

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