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When The Lord Returns

By Don Loftis | 11.06.13

Portsmouth Island is located off the coast of North Carolina.  Founded in 1753 its population peaked at 685 in 1860.  However, the Civil War, a damaged port, and numerous hurricanes took their toll, and the final two residents moved from the island in 1971.  A few buildings remain and some tourists visit, though there is no electrical service.

One of the buildings that has been maintained for the past 42 years is a small church building.  Periodically, a man rows out to the island, cleans the building, mows its grounds, and returns home.  When asked why he does it, he responded, “When Jesus comes back I want Him to find His house presentable.”

While his motives are pure and his labors appreciated, he is a bit off base.  Paul reminded those in Athens that the true God did not live in temples (buildings) made with hands.   The Lord is more concerned about how presentable His people will be.  In Ephesians 5:27 Paul taught that  the Lord  desires, “ that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.”

Thinking about His return Jesus asked, “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).  Later He commanded, “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. … For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will” (Matthew 24:42,44).  It’s not the building that needs to be ready but the people who meet in it.  Are we ready?



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