Waiting for Jesus

"And now, dear children, continue in Him, so that when He appears we may be confident and unashamed before Him at His coming."  I John 2:28

People today have more options than ever to amuse themselves while they're waiting in lline.  They can call their friends, play a game, check sports scores, or download a new app.  As long as they have a smart phone and remembered to charge it, they're pretty well set.

The term "waiting" in the Bible carries a completely different meaning than what we might think.  It really means "occupy" or "stay busy in the things of God."  The way we stay busy is spelled out in this verse:  "Continue in Him."  To continue in Him means to continue serving Him, worshipping Him, and loving Him until He comes.

Many spend their days trying to line up the newspapers with the Bible, hoping against hope that they can pinpoint the date of Christ's return.  But they forget that Jesus said no one knows the day nor the hour, and Paul said that they can't know the times or seasons (I Thessalonians 5:1).  Instead we should be about the Master's business.

It makes sense to wait in this manner.  If we truly believe that Jesus will return again, we will want to reach others with this truth, and live as if we believe it.  We will listen to God in His Word and pray to Him daily.  We will seek to walk as Jesus walked (I John 2:6).

If Jesus came tonight, what would He find us doing?  Chasing after money, popularity, or pleasure?  Our prayer should be that we would be found faithful at His return, doing the things He wants us to do.  This was what Jesus meant when He commanded His disciples to wait for Him.


The King is Coming

I can hear the chariot's rumble, I can see the marching throng

And the fury of God's trumpet spells the end of sin and wrong

Regal rolls are now unfolding, heaven's grandstand all in place

Heaven's choir is now assembled, start to sing "Amazing Grace"

Chorus

The King is coming, the King is coming

I just heard the trumpet sounding and soon His face I'll see

The King is coming, the King is coming

Praise God He's coming for me

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