Summary: We may do many great things in our life-time according to the standards of this world. But the paramount question we all must face is this, “When Jesus returns will he find us faithful?”

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When Jesus returns will He find us faithful?

(The Command of Jesus – “Teaching to Obey”)

Matthew 28:19

Luke 17:22-30

Here are some announcements that appeared in church bulletins.

Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don’t forget your husbands.

Don’t let just worry kill you off – let the Church help.

For those who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

Barbara remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Pastor Jack’s sermons.

The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.

One of the qualities that we all need is the ability to laugh as our mistakes and enjoy the humor of the moment when we are not perfect in our writing or speaking. We grow in maturity as we are able to keep from stumbling and become focused on our failures and keep the main thing the main thing.

One of the main things Jesus taught during his 3 ½ years of public ministry was the importance of obedience. In Matthew 28:19 Jesus gave his final command: “Go makes disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” “Obedience.” Is necessary for a person to become a disciple of Jesus.

We may do many great things in our life-time according to the standards of this world. But the paramount question we all must face is this, “When Jesus returns will he find us faithful?” Luke 18:8, “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” When you meet Jesus face to face will he find you faithful to His teachings?

It is a sobering truth that the Bible teachers that when Jesus returns He will find the majority of the world population being unfaithful and disobedient to His teachings.

Look at Luke 17:22-30. Jesus taught His disciples that He would return when people lest expected His coming. “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.”

During the days of Noah the majority of the people enjoyed wine, women and sinful pleasures. There were no moral standards. Life was just one big party. Genesis 6 describes the wickedness of the people. They laughed at the idea that God was creator and Lord. As far as they were concerned God did not exist. Right up to the time God shut the door of the Ark, people had no time for their Creator. “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Genesis 6:8

Noah was faithful and obedient to His God and Creator. Because He was faithful his family was saved.

Jesus spoke with clarity about the consequences of disobedience. “And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business – eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building—until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. Yes it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the hour when the Son of Man returns. Remember what happened to Lot’s wife!” (Luke 17:28-30, 32) NLT

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