“while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,”
I have the blessing of attending the same church as my blogging friends, Christopher, Callie, and Collin. If you read the About Us page, you probably noticed that most of us play soccer. We have a soccer field out in the back of our church building, and even after 2 years playing with these guys, Collin can still put some wacky spin on on a shot that goes in a completely different way than what I thought it was going to go. Collin scoring on me is what you call inevitable. It’s going to happen.
There is another thing that it is inevitable, and that is the return of Jesus. Today I would like to pose two questions related to the glorious reappearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Not many things are inevitable in this world. Benjamin Franklin said that nothing is for sure except death and taxes. But the return of the Lord is also something no one can stop or hinder. In Titus 2:13 it says, “Looking for that blessed hope and glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ.”
First question: Are you looking forward to the return of Jesus? When I was younger, I was living in fear, actually dreading the return of Jesus. But praise the Lord he showed me a verse in the Bible that dismissed my doubts. If you would like to read it, it is in 1 John 2.
One time I asked Collin what he would rather prefer: to die or to see Jesus return. He looked at me like I was crazy and said with emphasis, “For Jesus to come back!” I really liked that.
When Paul told Titus about the return of Jesus, he did not say to be ready for it, nor did he in any way portray fear of it- he told him to look forward to it! Be eager for it, excited. It will be a glorious day. I once heard heaven called “the eternal vacation.”
I have always been really excited to go on vacation. I would count down the days in anticipation. It would be a motivation for me, and I want my eternal vacation to do that to me and more. I want to anticipate and be motivated by it. We can’t really count down the days, but we can live in a way that keeps us prepared for eternity.
In 2 Peter 3:10, Peter talks about the return of the Lord. He describes what it will be like when the Lord returns, but then says something very powerful. He basically asks us, because the Lord ‘s return is inevitable, should that alter the way we live? If I somehow found out the Jesus was returning tomorrow at 1:23 P.M would I act a little different than if I didn’t know?
Second question: Do you live in a way that keeps you prepared for the Lord’s return? When Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount, he talked about where we store our treasure. Many people live their entire lives building up mountains of wealth here on this earth, but then when they reach the end of their lives, they see the emptiness of such an existence. Why? Because they did not prepare themselves for their eternal life. They may leave a good name here on earth, but what kind of a good name do they have in heaven? We all need to remember to live in a way that reminds us that life, death, and eternity are in the Lord’s hands.
I would like to close with this; the Lord’s return is on it’s way. Do you dread it or look forward to it? Are you prepared or unprepared? Let’s live in a way that keeps us aware that Jesus’ return is inevitable. If we keep that in mind it will drastically alter the way we live.