Or Are You Dreading it?
“keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.” -Jude 1:21 (NASB)
What fills our minds in these now intense witnessed and perilous times? With such fears as future pandemic’s, power grid failures, storms, stores closed, layoffs, unemployment, riots, destruction, etc? With all these negative things occurring around us in what or in who do we look to for comfort?
Is it something of or in the world? i.e. unemployment $$$, bank accounts, people, churches, etc?
Or is it in Jesus Christ?
Have our minds been inundated with thoughts of Jesus and His word, meeting Him at some appointed day in the future and then going home to Him? Have we leaned on our faith that the Lord God would watch over us (those that are His) and protect us?
All these questions and thoughts linger within and without but on which side do you land when faced with the world, your faith and Jesus Christ? Are you trusting in Him at all times? Even in your dread, in your fears, in your circumstances? Is your faith unwavering, strong, secure and rock solid in the Lord? And are you longing for His return and your eternal home at His house in heaven? Bottom-line: is the Lord your Master?
Consider the parable told us by Jesus in Luke 12 concerning men and their Master:
“Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit. 36- Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks. 37- Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes;” -Luke 12:35-37b (NASB)
These men were waiting – all the time – for the return of their Master from the wedding feast so that they might – immediately – open the door to Him when He arrived. They were not playing around. They were always watching and waiting. They were always thinking about his return. This was no joke! They lived in their faith, trusted in their Master, and waited for Him in anticipated joy and expectation. They then were blessed because they were focused on his return and alert to when he arrived. Can this describe you and me?
Or perhaps you are hung up in worldly stuff. Hanging on the things that make you feel secure in your present state of mind and being. But the real litmus test is if you fell into very difficult circumstances who and what would you seek out for help? Jesus or the world? Or what if you were facing death, what would help you to face this situation? Jesus or the world? And are you waiting for Him?
“You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.” -James 4:4 (NLT)
Finally, with all this said, do you long for the day that you get to go home to Him? Are you waiting anxiously to enter the gates of heaven and live forever with the Lord? Please face these questions head-on and don’t ignore the reality of life here and now and finally your eternal life. And please don’t make your religion, your god! Religions cannot save your soul from eternal damnation, only Jesus Christ has the power to save – trust and hope in Him alone!
If you have not considered these things now maybe the time for a complete reassessment of your walk (or lack of) in the Lord. Today is the day of salvation for we are not promised tomorrow. Are you totally committed to the Lord God Almighty? Have you been washed clean by the blood of the Lamb, forgiven of your sin, repented of your sin and dwell in the reality that when you pass from this life to the next it will be in paradise and not in hell?
The Lord is full of love, kindness, mercy and forgiveness but our action items are to obey the instructions in His word – the Bible – and seek His forgiveness through our confession of sin, profession of His Son, and in total repentance. Please read and heed Romans 10:9-10 and call upon the name of the Lord today. He will hear and He will answer.
“so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” -Heb 9:28 (ESV)
-BPWatcher, Internet Preacher and Bible Prophecy Watchman
“Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” -2 Peter 3:11-12
GLORY TO GOD!