“Hold on now … who said anything about the imminence of the Lord’s return?”
That is just the point! We seldom hear people refer to or preach on the subject dealing with the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is quite tragic really. The very fact that the Lord could return at any moment (when we least expect Him) is what can help us all as Christians to keep focused and to walk in ways that are pleasing to Him.
Sadly so many Christians and Churches are getting dreadfully side-tracked these days on issues that have little or no bearing on the salvation of the lost and walking closely with Jesus. Recent arguments and discussions about various “issues” are not really helping anyone spiritually. These are distractions rather than helping us to focus on Him, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
As Christians we have a responsibility to “go and make disciples of all nations” and to “build each other up in our most holy faith, praying in the power of the Holy Spirit” (Matt 28:19 & Jude 1:20). In fact, the book of Jude is such a gem to study and ends on such a triumphal note in verses 24 & 25.
I know that there will be some reading this blog post who will feel that I am being simplistic. Be that as it may … “as we await the return of the Lord Jesus, we need to throw and strip off everything that hinders, trips us up or slows us down and the sin that so easily entangles, ensnares or distracts us so that we can run with perseverance and patience the race marked out for us.” (Free translation of Hebrews 12:1).
It is a great concern to me that we as Christians can so easily find ourselves taking the eye off the ball. The Lord says in His Word: “…be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down) with …worldly worries and cares pertaining to [the [c]business of] this life, and [lest] that day come upon you suddenly like a trap or a noose; … “(Luke 21:34 – Amplified)
A Pastor we had in South Africa once shared these five points about living in the light of the Lord’s imminent return. Each point has Scripture references associated with it and can thus be a practical personal Bible Study for a quiet time with the Lord.
1. Walk in the Spirit – Galatians 5:16-26
2. Memorize Scripture –Psalm119:11
3. Keep short accounts with God and others – resolve outstanding issues
4. Pray without ceasing – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
5. Be faithful in church attendance and fellowship – Acts 2:41-47
6. Learn to know the Power of God in your life – Ephesians 3:20
Any questions or discussion will be most welcome!