Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Every day he was teaching in the temple, and at night he would go out and spend the night on the Mount of Olives, as it was called. And all the people would get up early in the morning to listen to him in the temple.
If only it was as simple as Jesus says! “Look for these signs, then you will know.” But the problem is, we’ve been seeing those signs (or at least think we’ve been seeing them) for 2000 years. I guess when it really comes we’ll KNOW, not just think.
Then again, maybe not. Jesus said judgement could come at literally any moment. We don’t want to be taken by surprise when we’re holding a grudge, or waiting for “just the right time” to apologize, or putting of that volunteer activity or donation, or in a moment of anger. When God comes I want to be doing something Mother Theresa-esque, not having a complete emotional breakdown and yelling at people.
Jesus says to be on guard, but I think a better attitude is seize the day. Just like people say life is too short to not dance, or you’ll regret not asking her out NOW if you die on the ride home, every moment could be your last to do something for God. Every single day is an opportunity to make the world a better place and yourself a better person. Don’t wait until tomorrow to be the person you want to be, because tomorrow may be too late. And don’t go to sleep without telling the people you love how much you love them, because one day morning won’t come.