Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. – Titus 2:13
On this Black Friday, a shopping frenzy has ensued in stores and online as people push to take advantage of great deals.
Although I’m not a Black Friday enthusiast, I do recognize that there are deals to be had, and I plan to order an item or two online. But most of my Christmas shopping is done already. I like to check that item off my Christmas to-do list early, so that I can try to relax and enjoy the holidays.
I want to look forward to the Christmas season, not be overwhelmed by it. To that end, preparation is key!
Paul, Luke, and others often wrote about preparing for the return of Christ. They seemed to think that Christ would return for them within their lifetimes, and they lived their lives accordingly, serving God and loving him. They didn’t want to be caught unprepared.
Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching. – Luke 12:35-37a
There was a time when I considered Christ’s return with a bit of unease. I wasn’t living in sin, but I wasn’t living proactively for the Lord.
At that point in my life, I was not truly looking forward to the rapture.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. – 1Thessalonians 4:16-18
But I’ve had years to change that. I’ve had time to prepare for his coming, and in so doing, I began looking forward to his return one day.
I hope it’s tomorrow.
I hope it’s today!
I’m thankful for the promise of Christ’s return. That “blessed hope” is often in the back of my mind, motivating me to witness, to confess sin, to give of myself.
Are you prepared for Christ’s return?