Monday, July 9, 2018

D&C 133:10-11 -- On Being Ready for Christ

"Yea, let the cry go forth among all people: Awake and arise and go forth to meet the Bridegroom; behold and lo, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Prepare yourselves for the great day of the Lord.
Watch, therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour."
Doctrine and Covenants 133:10-11

Here, we're commanded to watch, and also to awake and arise to meet the Bridegroom (Christ) at the Second Coming.  Verses like this can be difficult to understand because of the whole timing thing.  It can be hard to watch when we aren't sure what we are watching for exactly, or to go out to meet Christ when we aren't sure when he is coming.

I think that the message here isn't really about timing though.  It is more about what we choose every day.  It's like being a security guard in a way.  On television we see caricatures of security guards where the emphasis is on what they miss because they are bored or inattentive, and the bad guys (or good guys) get past them.  Theoretically though, if they were doing their jobs correctly, they would notice when something was wrong, and would have a chance to stop it. Similarly, just like the parable of the ten virgins, if we make it our job to always be ready for Christ, then we will never be caught without oil, or bored, or inattentive.

God's lessons aren't lessons that we can cram for.  His instruction is always long-term, things that matter, and will matter, and that we need to integrate into our lives and our selves.  The Second Coming isn't something we can put on our calendars, but like good friends dropping by, it is something that we can still be prepared for.  Today, let's not worry about when exactly, but let's think about where we would be if Christ came today, and find out where we are lacking.  Let's determine now to become and to always remain ready.

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