April 19

Joshua 3:5 (NIV) 5Joshua told the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you."

Moses died. Now the Children of Israel stood where they stood 38 years earlier. The generation that refused to go in is now dead, with the exception of Joshua and Caleb. Joshua tells them to get ready to see God at work.

Sanctify, dedicate yourselves wholly. If we are about to see God at work we had better be right with Him. The people had heard of how God had met with them in power and might on the mountain. They could not stand to hear the voice of God and asked Moses to talk with God for them. They had a healthy fear of God. If God is going to work among us, all compromise must end. We need to make sure there is nothing that will cause us to be judged as unfit. Then God is free to do what He desires. We can only see the hand of God work in all its glory when we consecrate ourselves without reservation to Him. Then you will see amazing things.

Do you expect God to work in the place where you fellowship? Do you expect this Sunday to see God do amazing things among you? Then get prepared by consecrating your life, by seeing that there is nothing between you and God. When a congregation does this in unity, prepare to see God move. He comes when He is invited by sincere consecrated hearts. Yes, He is always here, but if you want to see amazing things, like changed lives, consecrate yourselves.

Prayer: Lord, I give my body, soul and spirit to You. Use me as You will.

April 19

Mark 13:35-37 (NIV) 35"Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back–whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37What I say to you, I say to everyone: 'Watch!'"

Jesus likened His return to a master who went on a journey. He asked the keeper of the door to stand watch. To watch meant to be vigilant. It meant to actively be attentive. Though the master of the household is away, the servants are supposed to go about their business and not take advantage of His absence. We do not have the manifest presence of Christ here before us reminding us that He is Lord. The gentle Holy Spirit within our hearts is easily quieted by our stubborn willfulness. These words of Christ came at the end of His discourse on the destruction of the Temple and His Second Coming. In the millenniums in between, many Christians have heard this warning to remain at their post.

The world would lull us to sleep with ease and comfort, but we must remember we don't know the number of our days. No one is guaranteed 80 years. Accidents and disease strike without warning. You could enter into His presence today. Will He find you were vigilant to the end? Will He find your first love was still burning strong? Death may find you in your youth, in middle age or in your twilight years. Remain vigilant to the end. Jesus may return when you are not expecting. What will He find you doing? At 12 years of age He said He had to be about His Father's business. At 30 years of age He said He had done the work the Father had given Him to do. Jesus is our ultimate example of remaining actively attentive to the will of the Father throughout His life.

Those servants who are found to be faithful at His return will be rewarded. Those who are asleep, lulled by the world into inactivity, will be dealt with. Are you watching?

Consider: Will this day find you actively attentive to the work the Master has given you to do? Endure! Watch! We must be about our Father's business.