I was raised by very strict parents and most often than not, my brothers and I always felt apprehensive when the clock ticked towards their return from work. We would check and double-check that everything was in place and that we had removed every trace of things we had taken liberty to do while they were away. In spite of every preparation and thought, it usually took less than 5 minutes from the time of their arrival to reveal most of what happened in their absence.
As a parent, I have learnt certain traits in my children which helps me deduce if they have done something wrong and anticipating my response to their actions. For example, when I ask them if they have done something I told them not to do, I could tell by their expression, even before they open their mouths what the answer is.
There are many Christians today who have some element of fear about the coming of Christ. They think they have not done enough and don’t feel confident enough to expect the commendation, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” (Matthew 25:21)
To such Christians, God has this encouragement; “And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. “ (1 John 2:28)