These days, maybe now more than ever, God’s children are to be watching, waiting, and getting ready for the Lord’s return. After all, the Lord could return at any moment. I know I am repeating myself, but this message is worth repeating.
Sound strange? Maybe, but think about it for a moment. Haven’t the last couple of years been the most bizarre, most eventful, unplanned, unprecedented years? They have for me. I never saw any of this coming. Over the last few years, the significant changes in my life were unplanned; some good, some not so good.
I suppose one could say that about years past, but this has definitely been unexpected in my life, and I suspect in yours too.
Despite all that, I am faithfully watching and waiting for the Lord’s return every day. I am ready for the Lord’s return. But as I watch, wait, and ready myself, I am also to speak the truth in love, give to the poor and needy, and not waste time. Jesus Christ is not delayed. The Lord is not shrugging off the responsibilities he spoke about in Scripture.
The Lord is faithful and able to do everything. I wait with excited expectation as I continue to pray for, encourage, and teach others about the blessed hope we have in Jesus Christ.
I have to remind myself that if only a few respond, it is not a reflection on me, nor am I being rejected. As the Lord tells Samuel in the Old Testament, it is God the people are ultimately rejecting. Each person must respond personally. It’s not a group decision. It’s a decision each must make themselves.
Let’s look at the Bible.
In reading Luke, chapter 12:1-48, in my quiet time, I learned some things to help me remember the bigger picture.
It’s important to look at the big picture, especially living in these unprecedented days.
As I studied these passages, I wrote down a few things that I wanted to share with you.
Ready? Let’s go!
1. Money isn’t the end all be all to this life.
2. Don’t worry. We can’t add a single hour to our life by worrying.
3. Be ready for the Lord’s return.
4. Be watching for the Lord’s return.
5. Do for the kingdom of God with what you have been given, and the Lord will bless your efforts.
In other words, we are to be kingdom focused as we wait for the Lord’s return. We are to have a kingdom mindset.
Was 2020 good for anything?
If there’s one thing 2020 did for me, it helped me focus more intently on kingdom living. Despite everything, one thing became crystal clear – I needed to read God’s Word more frequently and more intently. If I am to survive the ups and downs of this life, I need an anchor that can hold. The anchor is the Lord.
The Bible tells us what’s to come. According to the Bible, if you thought 2020 was eventful, we haven’t seen anything yet. I believe there’s a lot more still to come.
I want to encourage you to get into God’s Word. Maybe you are already reading the Bible, God’s Word, as your daily bread. That’s great!
If not, it is not too late to start. Get yourself a good paper Bible and start reading. I recommend starting in the gospel of John in the New Testament. You are welcome to go right to the end of the Bible, Revelation, and read the end first.
God’s Word is the anchor in my life, and it can be the anchor in yours as well as we ride out our remaining days together.
The Lord’s return can happen at any moment. We must be ready to go! I hope you are ready!