“And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of man (Jesus Christ): For they ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all […] even so will it be in the day that the Son of man (Jesus Christ) is revealed. In that day, he who is on the housetop and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you in that night there will be two men in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left. Two women will be grinding together; the one will be taken and the other left. Two men will be in the field; the one will be taken and the other left” (Luke 17: 26 – 27, 30 – 36.)
The event Jesus describes in this scripture has collectively become known as ‘the rapture.’ In a moment, in the blink of an eye, God will gather up his faithful believers from around the world before pouring out His wrath upon the earth. Co-workers, relatives, friends, and complete strangers will vanish in an instant. Those who are left behind will face God’s judgments. How can we be prepared for the rapture? By loving eternal rewards more than worldly possessions (wealth, homes, jobs, belongings, etc.) Jesus asks us to consider Lot’s wife; a woman who was ill-prepared for God’s deliverance. In the Old Testament, she and her family were lead out of the wicked city of Sodom and Gomorrah just prior to its destruction. Sadly she disobeyed God’s command, by turning around and looking back upon the city with fondness and affection. As a result she was turned in to a pillar of salt.
Like Lot’s wife, many people throughout history have mistakenly loved worldly possessions more than their own lives. One day as my dad and I were driving through the town where I grew up, we happened by a certain building. He informed me that decades earlier the building had caught on fire. The owner foolishly rushed in and went to the basement to collect some of his valuables. Unfortunately he became trapped inside. He desperately tried to crawl through a basement window; but it was too small for him to fit through. Unable to help, onlookers could do nothing but watch as he perished in the flames. He died because he valued his possessions more than his own life.
Similarly, many value their belongings more than their eternal lives. Those who have found great comfort in their worldly possessions are therefore ill-prepared for the coming kingdom. As believers we must be ready for ‘the rapture;’ an event that could occur at any moment. To be completely prepared is to love God more than anything else. We must make truth more important than trust funds and make people more valuable than possessions. As our values change we will come to embrace the rapture and look forward to it with great joy and overwhelming anticipation.
“Lord Heavenly Father, help us to value the things that are truly important. Prepare our hearts and minds for the rapture; may our thoughts be continually focused upon Your coming Kingdom. Strengthen us by the power of Your Holy Spirit that we might accomplish your will and bring honor and glory to your Holy name. Amen.” God bless all of you.