I AM NOT A HUGE FAN OF THE “POP- IN”, but as my husband is the pastor of a local church, I’ve gotten used to it. Now, it’s not because my house isn’t clean or I’m doing something I should not be doing, it’s because I just like to be alone sometimes (most times) and don’t want any visitors.
I’m very much an introvert. It’s been perhaps my greatest struggle of the flesh to overcome. Individual Christianity is not only rebellious it’s godless. Isolation is a tool of the enemy. I fight my flesh daily. Back to my story.
However, I’ll still invite people in and sit and chat because it’s the right thing to do. There are some that absolutely hate the “pop-in” and will hide themselves if you stop by. I know people who do this. Maybe they are like me and just want to be alone, but I know some that would be embarrassed by their house and their actions. They don’t want you to see how they live or what they are doing.
Guess what? Jesus is a big fan of the pop-in! He’s not going to call you and say, “Hey, clean your house and stop your sinning; I’m coming over in about an hour.” You are supposed to be ready and watching at all hours and times. Your oil is always supposed to be full and your light should be brightly shining. “For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.” I Thessalonians 5:2-6 “WATCH and BE SOBER”, sobering words. “Watch” implies that you set a constant watch, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s a present participle, an active and consistent watching and staying alert. No days off. No excuses.
You are disciplined, constant, ready and watching. “Be sober” means to be untainted from any form of substance that impairs ones mental or physical control. “Soberness” of the mind means you are not allowing any false doctrines to enter in, but only the pure word of God. You keep your mind and heart clean and pure, untainted from the world and it’s culture. Take these words to heart. WATCH and PRAY! Keep your light burning. Die to yourself daily and keep your house clean. BE READY for the pop-in. Even so, COME LORD JESUS!#runyourrace
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