Prepared for a Showing
We were in repair mode. We’ve worked hard to get our house ready to sell. We’ve painted walls. We’ve cleared out closets and packed unnecessary things into boxes. We’ve fixed a few issues on the house, so it can appear as desirable as possible. Toys have been put away, trashed, or placed in a bag to give to Jenny Landstreet for her upcoming yard sale. Clothes have been pared. Everything that can reasonably be done has been done.
So, now we are in maintenance mode. All the dirty clothes have been washed, folded, and put away (All in one day, which is rare in our home of seven people). The kitchen is washed multiple times a day. Floors have seen the vacuum more times lately than ever. My wife keeps a tidy and clean house for the sake of our family, but she keeps an immaculate house for showings. So we, in the midst of home schooling and bible studies, are constantly following five children around with a broom in one hand and picking up stuff they have left behind in the other hand.
All of this is done so we will be prepared for when we get that call that someone wants to come and see our home. We want to make the best impression on them as possible. We don’t want our mess to make them think this is a messy house. We’ve loved our home and want it to show well to others. So we are doing three times the amount of work we would normally do because we want to be prepared.
This whole experience has reminded me of our lives as Christians. We are supposed to be getting ready to move. We start off in repair mode. We have to fix our problems. We might have a loose tongue that spills over in ways it shouldn’t and fails to hold back words it should. We might have a crooked spirit, one that struggles to discern right from wrong, and must be straightened by the Word of God. We might have a faulty heart, one that fails to love as it should. We might have a messy life, one that needs deep cleaning, all the way down to the deepest parts of the soul. Especially early in our walk with Christ, we repair all of the messes we allowed to happen in our lives without Him.
Then we move into maintenance mode. It is not that there are no longer things to fix, but mostly we are focused on continuing to be prepared for Him and maintaining the right actions, spirit, love for others, and focus on the Kingdom. We work to be prepared for when we get the call that He is coming to see our house, our work, and our lives. This won’t be a call from a realtor, but a trumpet call by the archangel. “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God” (1 Thess 4.16). When we receive this call, we best be prepared for a showing of ourselves. “What sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God…” (2 Peter 3.11b-12a).
Jesus is coming again. We don’t know when, but we do know it’s going to happen. We must be prepared. This showing doesn’t affect a financial bottom line or a potential sale; this showing determines whether you move to Paradise or torment. This showing has not only the consequence that will affect you for the next few years but for the rest of the years of eternity. If you want to “move up,” always be prepared for that trumpet call from God.