Life Principles to Live By
”Anticipating the Lord’s Return”
This is part of Charles Stanley’s devotional, “Life Principles to Live By” posted on the YouVersion Bible app, adapted from his book, 30 Life Principles.
Questions to consider:
How often do you think about the Second Coming of Christ?
How should the promise of His coming influence our daily living?
Today’s reference: Revelation 22:12
“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.
1 Thessalonians 5:8
But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.
Comments by Charles Stanley:
Life Principle 30: An eager anticipation of the Lord’s return keeps us living productively.
Throughout Scripture, we find three admonitions given to us about the Lord’s return:
1. We’re to watch faithfully. The Word of God encourages us to stand fast in the faith with courage and strength (1 Cor. 16:13), watching soberly and arming ourselves with faith, love, and salvation (1 Thess. 5:8). As we watch, we’re to remain especially aware of false prophets, discerning the spirits and rejecting all who do not confess that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh (2 Peter 2:1; 1 John 4:1-2).
Jesus spoke to John in a vision and gave this great promise to those who remain watchful: “Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake” (Rev. 16:15).
2. We’re to work diligently. Why does Jesus leave us here on earth after He saves us? Why aren’t we born again, then immediately taken into the Lord’s presence? Simply because we still have work to do!
We’re to be the Lord’s witnesses, telling of the love of God and the atoning death of Jesus Christ. We’re also to testify to others about all He’s done in our own lives, both with our words and by our example. As long as there remains a soul on earth who hasn’t heard the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, we still have much to do.
3. We’re to wait peacefully. More than four hundred times in Scripture, the Lord commands us to not fear but to enjoy peace—and He calls us to peace as we await His return. We’re taught in the Bible that apart from Jesus, there is no peace … not within a human heart and not among human beings or nations. With Jesus, we can experience peace that surpasses our rational capacity and settles deep within (Phil. 4:7). We are to seek and find this peace as we await the Lord’s return.
When the Lord comes, will He find you among those who love Him and call Him Savior and Lord? Will He find you doing what He’s commanded of you, eager to see Him and ready for His appearing? You have it within your grasp to positively answer these questions. So how will you choose to respond to the Lord’s call upon your life?
The fact is, He is coming again!
Quote: ‘All loneliness, angers, hatreds, envies, and itchings that Hell contains, if rolled into one single experience and put in the scale against the least moment of the joy that is felt by the least in Heaven, would have no weight that could be registered at all.’ Excerpt, The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis
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