Our scripture this morning is Mark 13:30-33.

Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.

Jesus tells us “my words will not pass away”, an indication that His teachings are eternal and for all people. He left us His ministry and the mission to share His love with the world. When will our task be complete? That is not for us to decide!

Jesus warns the disciples (and us) we must always be ready and not try to figure out for ourselves when the Day of the Lord will come, a statement also found in Matthew 24:42 and Acts 1:7. He tells us no one knows “but the Father alone.” If we spend time guessing at when He will return, we become like clock-watchers anticipating the end of our shift. We may not accomplish our mission and we may not be ready when He appears.

We must remain strong in our faith, connected to Him and doing the work He has appointed to us. God has gifted each of us with a means to show the world how much He loves us. We must  be persistent in our efforts until He calls us home.

Gracious God, in Your mercy You forgave our sin and tasked us to tell the world about You. Bless us to go in Your name, sharing the love You have for all. Amen.

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