Luke 17:26-36 (KJV)
26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
32 Remember Lot’s wife.
33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
On April 27, 1986 life changed drastically for a community. Thousands of people in the city of Pripyat were told they were being evacuated. They were told only to bring essential items and they would be back in three days. They had no idea they would never return. All the material things they possessed were lost forever. This was the city where most of the workers of the Chernobyl power plant lived.
This passage in Luke tells of one unexpected day when all believers will be taken. All our possessions and things that are important to us now will be instantly irrelevant. Only two things will matter.
1. Are you ready to meet the Lord
Only believers in Christ will meet him at this time. Have you had a time where you have personally put your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior?
2. Are you living in a way that pleases him?
When I was a younger teen, my parents went to dinner and trusted us to not destroy the house. Well my sister and I decided to race across the middle of the house. When we were close to the wall to end the race my sister slowed down, I didn’t. My hand went through the sheet rock. Needless to say, I wasn’t ready to meet my parents.
As believers we are to be looking for Christ’s return, and doing everything we can to reach others. We are to be careful not to get sidetracked by the material things that can take our focus. He may come today!