One of the reasons that the church is the best place to be is because of the many opportunities provided there to get ready for the coming of the Lord. Last time we looked at a parable Jesus told regarding His coming. In it, He called a group “wise” because they had prepared for His return, and He called a group foolish because they did not. He ended the parable with this warning:
Matt 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
The parable calls us to examine our self and ask, “Am I ready?” Jesus will be returning for His bride who has made herself ready to leave in the twinkling of an eye. Yes there will be some who foolishly do not get ready, but Jesus will return and will find a church that did. And there will be great rejoicing in heaven when she arrives:
Rev 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
If anyone is going to be ready for heaven, our determined cry should be, “Let it be me!”
He does have a glorious church awaiting Him whom He will present to Himself as holy:
Ephesians 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
You see, to be His glorious church, the church had to come to church to “make herself ready.” That is why the best place to be is in the church! By coming to church, we hear the preaching accompanied by warnings about the Lord’s coming and also about the greater glory He intends for us:
27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
If we miss the preaching, we miss the warnings. Get to church and get ready and don’t let anything stand in the way.