What Jesus Did! 'Stay Alert!' — Luke 21:34-36

Sunday, November 29, 2015

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"Be careful! Don't spend your time drinking and getting drunk. Or don't be too busy with worldly things. If you do that, you will not be able to think right. And then the end might come when you are not ready. It will come like a surprise to all people on earth. So be ready all the time. Pray that you will be strong enough to continue safely through all these things that will happen. And pray that you will be able to stand before the Son of Man."
— Luke 21:34-36 NLT
Illustration of Luke 21:34-36 NLT — "Be careful!"

Key Thought

Jesus repeatedly warned his disciples during the latter part of his ministry to stay alert and be ready for his return. But what does being ready mean? Does it mean knowing the exact time of his return—the day or the hour? No, we can't know that. So what does it mean? It means to live with faithful vigilance, expectation, and hope for Jesus' return. He stands near and can return at any time.

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous Father, the Eternal God and Creator of the universe, work in me your righteous will to make me ready for your Son's glorious return. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
  • Mark 13:33
  • Ephesians 6:18

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.