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JESUS IS COMING

I had an opportunity to work in a bakery while going to high school. I remember one day the telephone rang, and a lady answered it. She put it down like it was hot and yelled, "He's coming!" I   wondered what in the world was going on? The ladies ran for their hair nets, and men ran for clean aprons and clean caps. The boss told me to sweep the floor and cover all the containers. There was a wild and excited look in his eyes. Everyone was running around like chickens with their heads cut off. I thought to myself, "Who is coming?"

Suddenly through the front door entered a man in a suit with a case under his arm. As I observed him he began to walk around and check the bakery for health hazards. I then realized that he was the state inspector for the Board of Health. After he left, everyone breathed a sigh of relief and went back to work. One lady told me that all the places of business always watched out for each other. The first one to see the inspector coming would call the other business. They had a system of warning.

When Jesus comes again there won't be time to prepare a speech on all the good things we have done. There won't be time to tell Him how our neighbors and friends hindered us in His service. There will be judgment: "So then each one of us shall give an account of himself before God" (Rm. 14:12). God will not accept our excuses nor will He give us time to repent. Today is the time to prepare ourselves for His coming.

Remember, "He is coming!"-John A. Boor