If you knew that an impending disaster, such as a flood or hurricane, was about to destroy your home and threaten your life, wouldn't you make preparation to escape and find refuge in a safe place? Jesus warned his followers to avoid spiritual disaster and to not be caught off-guard when the "day of judgment" would strike the earth and its people. The prophet, Joel, proclaimed that at this "Day" those who truly repented would be saved, while those who remained enemies of God, whether Jew or Gentile, would be punished. Jesus' story of the thief in the night brings home the necessity for constant watchfulness and being on guard to avert the danger of plunder and destruction, especially under the cover of darkness and secrecy. While no thief would announce his intention in advance, nor the time when he would strike, lack of vigilance wouldnonethelessinvite disaster for those who are unpreparedto keep their treasure and their lives secure at all times. The intruder strikes when he is least expected. Look at verse 42. "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come." Here, "to keep watch" means to spend time in prayer and in Bible study. This keeps us spiritually alert. The Lord Jesus calls us to be on the alert in watching for his return and to be ready to meet him when he calls us to himself. The Lord gives us his Holy Spirit so that we may have the wisdom, help, and strength we need to tum away from sin to embrace God's way of love, justice, and holiness. The Lord's warning of judgment causes dismay for those who are unprepared, but it brings joyful hope to those who eagerly wait for his return in glory. God's judgment is good news for those who are ready to meet him. Their reward is God himself, the source of all truth, beauty, goodness, love and everlasting life. We must live as if Jesus is coming "Come Lord Jesus!" we must work hard and do our best to love others and to spread the gospel. We must thank God for giving us another day to serve him. We must live each day as though Jesus is coming again.