Daily Archives: May 4, 2019

Be Ready For Christ’s Return

 

3 Things We Should Be Doing as We Wait for Christ’s Return…

I remember reading this passage when I was in high school and it terrifying me.

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief…”- 2 Peter 3:10

I don’t know about you, but I’m not fond of surprises…

I like knowing what to expect…the time of the event, the date…you know, the exact details.

Yet, here we see Jesus promise He will come back and when He does it will be sudden and without warning…but no exact details are listed.

Though, we are not given a day and time…we do know as each day passes, we are one day closer to His final return.

For this reason, I earnestly pray and fast for my family and friends who are not saved.

Taking this truth to heart, how are we to live our lives? Peter tells us in verse eleven and twelve…

“You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed it’s coming..” 2 Peter 3:11-12

1. We should live holy and godly lives…

“Christians should be different, not odd. When you are different, you attract people; when you are odd, you repel them.”- Warren Wiersbe

We are called to live “holy” lives…lives that are set apart for God.

We are called to live “godly” lives…lives devoted to pleasing God out of our love for Him. Lives that desire to love God with all our mind, heart and soul. Every area of our life is focused on seeing the world through His eyes and loving out of the overflow of His heart.

 

2. We should look forward to Christ’s second coming…

Realizing Christ is returning should make us invest our precious days in what truly matters….God and others.

Everything else….all the possessions we have worked so hard for will be destroyed, only what is eternal will last.

That’s why we need to run our race well now.

That’s why we need to stay focused on what is truly important in this life and not get sidetracked by “things” that won’t go with us into eternity.

We need to be earnestly watching and working toward our Beloved’s return…thanking Him for His patience as He waits for our dear friends and family to repent and turn to Him.

 

3. We should be active in praying for His second coming…

“…and speed it’s coming.” 2 Peter 3:12

In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come…” we are invited to pray and participate in the ushering of Christ’s return.

“If God’s work today is calling out a people for His name (Acts 15:14), then the sooner the church is completed, the sooner our Lord will return.”- Warren Wiersbe

 

Ohhh friends, what an amazing future we have to look forward to. Let’s not waste our lives on the temporal…let’s invest our days wisely, pouring our lives into others, sharing Christ and putting our faith into action.

A world is watching and we don’t have much time…what if THIS is the generation when Christ returns?

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God Is Working In Your Waiting

 

By: Jade Mazarin, desiringgod.org

Most parents would agree that their children don’t want to wait for anything. The last thing kids
want to hear is Mom say, “Not now.” It can prompt anger, frustration, even hopelessness. This
“dis-ease” of waiting follows most of us into our adult years. We may not respond with the same
emotional outbursts as children, but most of us still hate waiting for what we want.
And our modern society just makes it worse. We want everything done quickly — and new devices constantly spring up to meet those demands and encourage our impatience. We are not used to waiting, and the more our technology caters to our immediate desires, the less we feel willing to wait.

Such is our dilemma as Christians. While society makes every attempt to make our life easier and faster, God works on a very different timetable. In his mind, nothing is wrong with waiting. In fact, waiting can actually be a positive good that he often uses to make us more like his Son.

God Works While We Wait

Something actually happens while nothing is happening. God uses waiting to change us.

“There is actually something happening while nothing is happening. God uses waiting to change us.”

The story of Adam and Eve is a story of rebellion against God. Once they believed that God didn’t have their best interests in mind, they decided to go ahead without God and do what they wanted. They became, in effect, their own god. Too often, this is exactly what we do today. When God tells us to wait, we don’t trust him, but go ahead and find ways to accomplish what we want to happen.

This tendency to push God to the side goes against his plan for us. It creates distance in our relationship with him. It causes us to get into trouble and brings pain. What good is it to gain the whole world now — whatever it is we think we want — and forfeit our souls’ intimacy with God (Mark 8:36)?

God wants us to learn how to follow him and put down our demanding selves — to calm that screaming child in us. One way he helps us do this is to say, “Wait.” That miserable, uncomfortable, sometimes painful state of silence is one of God’s most powerful tools to set us free.

If we are willing, that is.

Choosing at the Crossroads

We don’t start out willing to wait. Our natural response to waiting is often anger or doubt. Fortunately, God is gracious and merciful, understanding of our tendencies. Simply feeling deep, complex emotions in waiting — especially for significant things, like a pregnancy or a job — is not necessarily sinful in itself. But we can decide where those emotions take us.

We can decide to exalt these feelings. We might act on them by taking matters into our own hands. Or perhaps we will not act, but we’ll make an idol out of the good for which we are waiting — every passing day is another log on the fires of bitterness, impatience, ingratitude, perhaps even resentment against the God who won’t give us what we want.

Or, by God’s grace, we can choose to wait as he intends. “Waiting on the Lord is the opposite of running ahead of the Lord, and it’s the opposite of bailing out on the Lord,” writes John Piper. “It’s staying at your appointed place while he says stay, or it’s going at his appointed pace while he says go. It’s not impetuous, and it’s not despairing.”

We have the choice, then, to take a deep breath, release our clenched hands, and let God be God. And we are invited to continue hoping in his greatness.

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WAITING IN READINESS FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

BY BRAD BAURAIN

 

In his classic book Waiting on God, Andrew Murray explained the bottom line of godly waiting: “The giver is more than the gift; God is more than the blessing; and our being kept waiting on Him is the only way for our learning to find our life and joy in Himself. Oh, if God’s children only knew what a glorious God they have, and what a privilege it is to be linked in fellowship with Himself, then they would rejoice in Him, even when He keeps them waiting.”

Jesus taught in today’s parable the importance of waiting in this spirit or with this attitude. One might say the whole purpose of the Christian life is to be ready for Christ’s return! In the story, the “virgins” were the bride’s friends, or as we might say, bridesmaids (v. 1). The “lamps” were torches and burned olive oil. According to the NIV Study Bible, the oil would have had to be replenished every 15 minutes, suggesting that bringing along enough oil was a rather challenging responsibility.

The parable’s first lesson is vigilance or watchfulness (v. 13). The Bridegroom could come at any time! The second lesson is wisdom through readiness. We’re ready for Christ’s return if we’ve trusted Him for salvation. The third lesson is consequences. Having or not having enough olive oil sounds small, but symbolically it means being in or out of the kingdom of heaven (vv. 10–12).

This parable captures several themes from our month’s study, as the wedding metaphor is a rich one: Something good and joyful will happen, guaranteed. Our waiting centers on the coming of the Bridegroom (see John 3:29). The event itself is largely about promises made and kept, and the theme of consummation is involved. Finally, our waiting is not passive, but requires active watchfulness and preparation.