Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Fearful or Confident?
So also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him. (
Imagine if Jesus were coming to your house for lunch today. He texts you ten minutes out and then five minutes out. And then He pulls into your driveway.
Would you welcome Him with excitement? Or would you dread His arrival? I think it all comes down to your relationship with God.
If you’re walking with God, you won’t fear Christ’s return.
Remember when you were a kid and your mother would use these ominous words: “Just wait until your father gets home”? Remember how you felt when your dad pulled into the driveway? On the other hand, if you hadn’t done anything wrong, you had nothing to fear.
In the same way, your reaction to the fact that Christ could come back at any moment is an indicator of where you are spiritually.
I think when we’re right with the Lord, we will say along with the apostle John, “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20 nlt). But if we’re not right with the Lord, we probably wouldn't say that.
If we really believe that Jesus is coming back, it should affect us in the way we live. For example, when you’re going somewhere, ask yourself this question: This place where I’m going, these people I’ll be hanging out with, this thing I’m about to do, would I be ashamed or embarrassed about it if Christ were to come back again?
If the answer to that is yes, then change your plans.
Hebrews 9:28 tells us that Christ “will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him” (nlt).
Let’s live in such a way that we’re in a state of readiness for His imminent return. And not only should we be ready for His return, but we should be anxiously awaiting it.
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