Then He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. And they will say to you, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ Do not go after them or follow them. (Luke 17:22, 23 NKJV)
We know that there will be a second coming of the Lord. It is prophsied time and time again in scripture. Luke Chapter 17 gives us greater insight into how to behave and what to look for – and it is not the road most traveled. We must disciple under the Lord. That means we attempt to follow him where He goes and learn His ways. We are told that people will rise up and claim that they see the Kingdom of God here and there. In our excitement, we may want to go and see. But, we are told that we should not follow because the Kingdom of God is discovered within us.
Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20, 21 NKJV)
When the Son of God returns, how we discipled in this life will reveal our hearts. Do we truly trust and love the Lord above all earthly things? We read that we will be living our everyday lives when the Lord returns. Our constant, busy everyday lives. Can we let go? Will we be excited? The days of Lot and Noah are given as examples.
And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 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. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed. (Luke 17:26-30 NKJV)
Everyday life will go on. But, it will stop and eventually it will not matter. Only the Lord Himself will matter. This teaches us to be disciplined. We have an opportunity to start that journey of discipleship everyday. We can learn in our every day lives how to learn from and follow the Lord. We can look forward to His return because of the greatness of what He is preparing. It starts with a need for Him, a humility – an appetite to know more about Him.
I pray for a greater understanding that the Kingdom of God is within because of the Spirit of the Lord! May we know Him, seek Him and love Him.