My devotional reading the past couple of days has had me reading through 1 & 2Thessalonians. One of the common themes between them concerns the Lord’s return for His church. How does this prospect (that of the imminent return of Jesus for His church) effect the way you live your daily life? Would a casual observer detect something is different about your life because you are living in light of Jesus’ promise – as He said to His disciples, “In my Father’s house are many dwelling places; If it were not so, I would have told you otherwise, for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:2-3, nasv) Although no man knows with any certainty the day or the hour of Christ’s return for His church, He Himself told us the things to look for so that the “day” would not find any of us unprepared (See Matt. 24:6-8, 42-41; Mark 13:32-37; Luke 21:9-12, 25-28).
The point I am seeking to make is that the prospect of Jesus’ imminent return should produce a clear evidence in our lives. It provides us with both a present and a future sense of perspective and it helps us to establish priorities for our lives that honor God while providing a witness to others.
Are you living your life is such a way that it would suggest to others that you expect that Jesus could return at any moment to “catch/snatch away” His church?
There is no better time than this present moment to consider you life’s witness and priorities and, if necessary, make a course correction. In the words of the Apostle John, “Beloved, now are we the children of God, and yet it is not apparent what we shall ultimately be: but we know that, when He shall appear (at His coming for the church), we shall be made like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that hath this hope in Him purifies himself, even as He is pure.” (1John 3:2-3)
“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep (experience physical death), but we [born again believers in Jesus] shall all be changed — in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead in Christ will be raised incorruptible, and we [who are alive on the earth at time] shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’.” (1Corinthians 15:51-54)
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then, we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, brethren, comfort one another with these words.” (1Thessalonians 4:16-18)
Living in the mad, sad, lost & broken world I/we live in today, it is a comfort to know that Jesus is coming again. In fact, according to the signs Jesus told us to look for, He could come at any moment. It might be today. Are you ready? Maranatha! Behold, the Lord is coming; even so Lord, come quickly!