“Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on he day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1st Corinthians1:7-8)
Paul was stressing an eager waiting for the Lord’s return as the attitude of Christians. As we wait, we are to be faithful ministers, using our gifts in God’s service. So, we cannot just sit by and wait patiently, we must continue our efforts to reach our in Christian love, seeking to bring others into Christ’s kingdom.
The quality and enthusiasm of Christian service is greatly enhanced by a vital, personal anticipation of Christ’s return. “The day of our Lord Jesus Christ” is a reference to His revelation at the second coming. Hopefully, when He returns, we will be in the middle of witnessing to people to decide for Jesus. I do not want to be found sitting around, doing nothing. How about you?
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, Paul’s lesson today is one of true servanthood for Christ. We are to be positive, unwavering, joyful and always enthusiastic for our Lord and Savior. Sometimes the strongest message is the one, that others see when you don’t see anyone watching. Lord, let our words lead to our actions on behalf of all You have done for us. Let those who see us, find a joy in our lives, that it attracts them to want to have what it is we have. This we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“We are all one in the Body of Christ!”
“Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—-and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2nd Timothy4:8)
The expectation of the lord’s appearing with the subsequent rewards is the subject of eager longing on the part of those who have lived faithfully in Christ Jesus.
Those who have lived their life in service of our Lord, do not fear death; instead, they see the end of our earthly life and the beginning of our eternal life, serving God through our Lord Jesus Christ. The days of my life are filled and much more joyful, when I serve the Lord, than if I don’t. My joy is in service.
“First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.” (2nd Peter3:3–4)
Some scoff the teaching of a future return of Christ. Peter observed such scoffing in his day, and more was promised as a characteristic of the last days. Such scoffing may be due to ignorance of God’s former teaching (Jude 10, 18), or it may be deliberate disdain of the promises about Christ’s return, especially when the delay is seen, as slowness or a sign that Christ is not going to return. Disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ know the delay is due to patient grace to allow everyone opportunity to repent. Against all scoffing resounds the strong affirmation, ‘The day of the Lord will come.’
Second Thought of the Day:
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches s to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—-the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:11–13)
For believers Christ’s return is a cause for hope. Only believers have real hope because we aloe have accepted His redemption. Our hope comes from the grace of God, who provides salvation. The forgiveness of sins coupled with living a godly life eliminates all dread over the return of Christ and transforms the prospect into a blessed hope.
Apparently in verse 13 there is some confusion as Jesus is called God and Savior. This would be an explicit reference to Jesus as God. His coming again is the central reason Christians have hope. As God, Jesus is one of he three Persons of the Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit), who have their own identity but are not totally separate. Do not be confused, beloved. Live your life for God through His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, serving Him at every opportunity possible. It is worth the wait.