That question has been answered in previous posts here and the answer so far is:
1. Be watching-how do we watch? We watch in and through prayer
2. Be ready-how do we make ourselves ready? With the Word of God which is the Gospel which is the good news. See the previous posts in this series for the details behind these statements.
Please remember that this readiness ^^ presupposes the reader is already "in Christ."
How does one make it "in Christ?" The gift of God is by grace and through faith. It is free, but you must remain in Christ to see heaven. John 15 lays out explicitly that we must remain "in Christ" once we have entered "in Christ." The book of Romans lays out the plan of salvation nicely. Google the Romans road to salvation for the how to on this:
What is the Lord looking for? A heart that is ready for change. A heart that is ready for truth. A heart that is finished with sin. The body will have an appetite for sin till the end of our lives but the spirit and heart can override the body. This is what this writer has learned from the Lord.
Again, nowhere in the bible will you see the Lord telling you to join some man made institutional organization commonly known as "churches" in this world to be at peace with Him. Should we fellowship? Yes. Do we need to be institutionalized by a babylonian form of churchianity to fellowship? Absolutely not. This requires the guidance of the Holy Spirit in each of our lives because the details in each of our lives are different.
Now, on to the point of the day to flesh out more of what this writer believes the Lord is looking for from us. We are to be watching and ready. We become ready or as the bible calls it "dressed in readiness" from the book of Luke by the Word of God. All of it. This writer sees things each time the bible is opened that the Lord is looking for in His people. These are not my words, these are His Words that follow:
Psalm 11:7For the LORD is righteous,
he loves justice;
upright men will see his face.
Clues like this are hidden like diamonds all throughout the bible. The once saved always saved doctrine of demons crowd is always asking "do I have to do this to be saved?" and "Are you questioning my salvation?" These people who ask such questions already condemn themselves. Its like a person who sticks a watch in his pocket at a store to see how close to the door he can get without being arrested. What kind of person thinks that way? A person who loves sin...
Psalm 13:6 I will sing to the Lord for he has been good to me.
LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
Who may live on your holy hill?
2He whose walk is blameless
and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from his heart
3and has no slander on his tongue,
who does his neighbor no wrong
and casts no slur on his fellowman,
4who despises a vile man
but honors those who fear the LORD,
who keeps his oath
even when it hurts,
5who lends his money without usury
and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things
will never be shaken.
If that is not a recipe for what the Lord wants from us then I don't know what is. Notice what the Lord is looking for in his people. The fact that so many people would question God's own Words here shows us how lost the world really is today. You mean I have to be blameless? You mean I have to be righteous? You mean I have to speak the truth? You mean I have to have no slander on my tongue? etc etc. Who asks such questions? A sinner who loves their sin.
Are we perfect yet? No, but we are working on it. How are we working on it? We are watching for the Lords return and we are staying in the Word of God so we are always dressed in readiness with the gospel of peace which is part of the armor of God. The Lord does expect us to "do" something in our walk with Him. Re-read the parable of the talents. The wicked lazy servant was not condemned for making a little profit, he was condemned for doing NOTHING and earning no profit.
Your "talents" are your talents. I dont know what they are but you and the Lord know. Even if you dont know for sure what they are you can at least guess at them. Decide in faith and prayer what the Lord would have you do with your talents and do something. Do not be the wicked and lazy servant who does nothing and has everything taken away from him...
Rev 3:11I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.