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?
God Is Working In Your Waiting
By: Jade Mazarin, desiringgod.org
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.
WAITING IN READINESS FOR CHRIST’S RETURN
BY BRAD BAURAIN