Truman Spring preached the gospel for over 60 years, including several years at Jersey Village. Truman and I hit it off immediately given our love for both the Word of God and for baseball. Years ago when Minute Maid Park first opened, Metro ran buses from selected ‘Park ‘n Rides’ around town that would take you right to the ballpark for $4. Truman and I took the Metro to see a game one night and, after the game, the bus took us back to the Park ’n Ride at West Little York. At the time, there was a strip club right next to the parking lot of the bus stop and there was a huge billboard that you could easily see that advertised the club. Truman saw that billboard, leaned over to me and said, “I’d hate to be in there when the Lord comes back!”
I thought about Truman’s comment last week when I read about a famous former basketball star who was found unresponsive inside a Las Vegas brothel. Apparently he had been there for several days ‘partying’ and allegedly doing drugs. As I write this, it is unclear if he will survive. And, if he doesn’t, I can’t think of a more terrible place to be when you meet the Lord than a brothel!
Peter discussed the 2nd coming of Jesus in 2 Peter 3. He said that no one would know when that day would come and when it did, the heavens would disappear and the earth and everything in it will be burned up. Then Peter asked a very important question, “Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness?” (2 Peter 3:11, NKJV). Asked another way, where will you be found, both physically and spiritually, on the day that Jesus returns? When the Lord returns, will you be found walking in the light of Jesus (1 John 1:7) or will you be found living in the darkness of the world?
So many people, even Christians, fall for the lies and schemes of Satan. They spend their time and energy trying to achieve worldly gain rather than keeping their focus on things above. Too many buy into the “whoever dies with the most toys wins” philosophy. Yet, Jesus offered this stern warning in the Sermon on the Mount. He said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21).
All of us need to take stock of our lives and answer this most important question: Would we be prepared if the Lord comes back today? It is likely that none of us will be in a brothel (at least I hope not!) but how many of us will be bowing before the ‘gods’ of this world? Are we spending more time chasing after the things of the world than we are focusing on the commands of the Lord? Jesus said, “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Matthew 24:44). To be ready means making the commitment to live for the Lord, to know His Word, to be faithful in pray and service. It isn’t easy to keep our focus on heavenly treasure rather than living for worldly gain. It takes discipline and dedication. Yet, the reward is certainly worth it. If we are live faithfully, then we will receive the crown of life.
Regarding the reward for being prepared, Paul wrote, “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.” (Romans 13:11). Salvation is what we gain when we live for the Lord. Salvation is the true treasure that lasts forever, which is better by far.
The truth is that Jesus could return at any moment and when He does, there will be no 2nd opportunities. Those who will be ready will be saved. Are you ready for that day to come?