The end of January is often a time of preparation.
People all over Australia are getting ready to send their kids back to school, or to go back to work themselves.
They are organising Australia Day parties and outdoor activities for the end of Summer, before life gets busy again.
Tim and I are very much a part of this as Tim prepares to go back to school to teach in a few short weeks and I plan and prepare for the youth ministry here in Jamberoo, as well as pursuing some other part-time work alongside my ongoing visa applications!
But the Good Lord in his Good Book tells his people to be preparing for something different, and not just in light of Summer coming to an end.
Scripture tells Christians to be ready because the Son of God is coming back.
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. (Matthew 24:42-44)
So what does being ready look like?
It’s about knowing that Jesus, the Son of God, is coming, and living a life to honour him full of faith in him and his saving grace.
It’s about making every decision in life as though Jesus might come back today.
So as you prepare for all sorts of things in the coming days and weeks, ask yourself if you are prepared for Christ’s return.