One of modern society's necessities is that of physical security. Small businesses spend up to $10,000 for security systems, along with monthly fees up to $300 to mitigate the possibility of theft. Some fairly modest homeowners pay $1,000 for home systems, along with $50 monthly fees.
Aside from such elaborate systems, many of us install deadbolts and video doorbells to deter thieves from breaking into our homes. Moreover, virtually every modern vehicle comes standard with a burglar alarm.
And don't forget the threat of bank, credit card or identity theft. Although LifeLock and similar companies can help, none of them guarantee that one's sensitive financial data is 100% safe.
The bottom line is that despite the aforementioned security measures, it's impossible to prevent all thefts or predict when thieves will strike.
Jesus was well aware of this in His day. In fact, He employed the thief as a metaphor to describe His second coming and the end of the world. “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only (Matt. 24:36-44). He went on to say if the master of the house knew when the thief was coming, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into (v.43). He concluded by saying, “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (v. 44).
To avoid being unprepared, we must be ready and watchful at all times for the coming of our Lord. Paul warned, “Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober (1 Thess. 5:6).
As long as we are faithful to Jesus and stand ready for His return, we can watch with eagerness for that great day (John 14:1-4). It IS coming. Are you ready?