This week on the campus of Washington Adventist University, the school is conducting its annual Week in Spiritual Emphasis. Held in the sanctuary of Sligo Church, WISE, as it is commonly called, is an extremely important activity because it calls the entire campus together for a week of spiritual revival and rejuvenation. Out of all the events sponsored by WAU, by far, WISE is one of those that consistently brings life and hope to this campus.
One reason why WISE is so special is that in the second semester of each school year, the speakers for the week come entirely from the student body. Standing behind the pulpit each day, these students are proclaiming the word of God with power and clarity, not only impacting their fellow classmates but also members of the faculty and administration.
This year’s theme for WAU’s WISE is simply, “The Hour Has Come.” As the theme suggests, the focus is on the second coming of Jesus Christ. But as I heard from the speaker on Wednesday, the focus is not merely on the event itself, or when it will occur, but rather on what we must do to be prepared to meet Christ when he returns. This prompts me to ask this very important question, “when was the last time you thought about how you would fare at Christ’s return?” I’m sure that this isn’t something that most of us think about very often, or is it? Better yet, isn’t this a theme that should weigh heavily on our minds.
The fact remains that when Jesus does return, whenever that will be, there will be those of us who are ready to meet him and those of us who will not be ready. So whether you and I are ready or not, The Hour Has Come, not for the return of Jesus per se, but for his people to get ready for his return. And, in my opinion, one of the best ways for us to get ready for Jesus’ return is to live our lives as though he already has.