In Matthew 25, Jesus described three characteristics that we should develop as we wait for His return.

Preparedness (25:1-13) — A bride will spend months preparing for her wedding—and there is not a detail that is overlooked. Shouldn’t the church be preparing with far greater joy and intensity, knowing that our Bridegroom will return for the marriage supper of the Lamb?

Investment (25:14-30) — While we wait, God has entrusted us with responsibilities for the advancement of His Kingdom. We each have a certain measure of time, talents, and treasure with which to invest. Jesus expects our faithfulness with these gifts—and a return on His investment in us.

Compassion (25:31-46) — The Bible teaches that “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17). Our service to others is a direct reflection of the condition of our heart. Thankfully, God gives us the desire and the power to serve, and by responding to His call, we can know that we are ministering to Jesus Himself.

When Christ returns, will He find us prepared, invested, and full of compassion?

Prayer: God, help me to be prepared for Your coming, to invest my gifts in Your Kingdom, and to serve others with a heart of compassion. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour” (Matthew 25:13).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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