Read: Mark 13:1-37
Centering Verse: But the one who endures to the end will be saved. (Mark 13:13b)
- How can you tell if a religious leader is authentic and legitimate?
- How does the Holy Spirit speak through you?
- What does this passage teach us about fleeing evil?
- What are you doing in order to “keep alert” in your faith?
People have been trying to discern the “signs of the times” for centuries. But Jesus explicitly warns his disciples to be aware of people who are too eager in their interpretations. It is only God who knows when the end of our present age will commence and the fullness of the kingdom of God will come. If we put too much personal emphasis on trying to determine the meaning of signs (that are perhaps not even real “signs”), the we risk ignoring the disciplines and practices that strengthen our relationship with God. What good is it to know the times if you are not ready for them? Jesus’s message is clear – endure in your faith and you will have no reason to fear the end. By practicing our faith with daily devotion to connecting to God and communing with God, we will prepared for anything that comes our way. Ultimately, our lives are secure in the love of God. And as Paul reminds us, there is nothing – not even death – that can “separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). Stay faithful to God, look toward Jesus Christ, and trust in the presence of the Holy Spirit. God will take care of the rest.
LORD God, who holds the keys to the kingdom and eternal life, prepare us for the world to come. May we always stay awake and ready for your return. Amen.