By: Undre Griggs, Jr.
There are many good reasons we are not aware of the exact time and day that Jesus will return. When we do not know exactly when something will happen, we tend to devote more time in preparation.
Deuteronomy 11:18 (NASB): You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.
Similar to a teacher informing his or her students there will be multiple pop quizzes throughout the school year. The teacher is attempting to get their students to pay attention in class each day; as well as study the material before returning to class the next day. We should also consider the motivation to get the students to show up to class every day. Teachers understand test days have the highest probability of all of their students coming to class. Students understand test days have the greatest effect on their final grade, so they feel compelled to come to school. By instituting pop quizzes, teachers want students to weigh each day equally important in an attempt to get them to come to class regularly.
Matthew 24:37-39 (NIV): As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
Why does Jehovah want us to weigh each day equally important? Resembling a teacher’s motivation for not telling us when the pop quiz will occur; Jehovah wants to help us reach our full potential by fully understanding the material. When we know when and where the test will take place, we can memorize every answer the night before without actually learning anything. The test of life is not about whether we memorized all the correct answers, it is about us learning and creating a life style mirroring Christ. We want to know and live the material to the point it is a part of who we are and not something we will discard for any reason.
Ephesians 5:15-17 (ESV): Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
It is in our best interest to live each day like it our last, make each decision like it is the most important, and treat each person we encounter as if they were Jesus Christ. Only then will we be able to truly absorb the words of God in our mind and more importantly our heart.