Summary: Jesus is coming back for His church. Are we ready and waiting? Let us look at some characters in the Bible that had trouble with spiritual sleep.
HERE I COME READY OR NOT!
BE READY --- MAKE PLANS --- BE VIGILENT
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.
With preparation. Easily secured.
Complete, in a fit state.
Willing, inclined to resolve, within reach.
A plan, prepared, vigilant, alert, urgent.
I. THERE IS A PREPARED PLACE FOR A PREPARED PEOPLE.
A. As a child we would play Hide and Seek.
One would cover their eyes and count backward, Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one --- and then we would yell to the top of our voice.
READY OR NOT, HERE I COME!
Then the search would begin.
B. Well, the world and the media laughs at the church and the Bible when we teach that Jesus is coming again. They call us escapist, dooms dayers and many other names, but Jesus is coming again, He promised and we must be ready.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
II. IT BECOMES OUR CHRISTAIN DUTY TO BE READY FOR THE
SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST.
A. Jesus is returning for His church!
B. There is a church without spot or blemish.
C. Many see the faults, sins, and weaknesses of the church, they fail to realize the church
is not full of perfect people, it is a group of people that have been forgiven.
D. WE MUST BE READY AND PRAY. THIS IS MORE THAN PASSIVE SITTING IDLY OR DRIFTING FAR FROM THE SHORE.
III. TAKE HEED TO YOURSELVES.
A. Today many take heed about others and exempt themselves from evaluation
and accountability FOR SELF ACTION.
B. YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT HYPOCRITES AND EXCUSE YOURSELF BECAUSE YOU ARE BETTER THAN THEY ARE.
C. They shall stand before the Judgment Bar of Jesus, but remember you will be there standing before the same judge.
D. Good people go to hell just like bad people. You must be born again.
and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
IV. WHAT DO WE CONSIDER IMPORTANT?
DO WE SEND MIXED MESSAGES?
A. Is what breaks our hearts --- what breaks God’s hearts?
1 Cor. 14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
B. Are we chasing butterflies and rainbows and not having the rightful priority system?
C. Do we tend to be lazy procrastinators?