“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 the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1st Corinthians1:7-8)
The last days will reveal the full glory of Jesus, who keeps us strong as we wait for Him. Paul stressed an eager waiting for the Lord’s return as the attitude of Christians.
As we wait, we are t be faithful ministers, using our gifts in God’s service. The quality and enthusiasm of Christ 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.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, our Spirit is to remain strong within us, if we will simply ask for it to be so, and it is critical to our being prepared and ready for Jesus’ return. It is in Jesus’ precious name that we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“A perfectionist is someone who takes great pains and gives them to other people.”
“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 Timothy 4:8)
The expectation of the Lord’s appearing with its subsequent rewards is the subject of eager longing on the part of those who have lived faithfully in Christ Jesus. One’s approach to death is filled with hope by the though of Christ’s return. Christ’s final judgment will include rewards for all who have centered life on Him and His promises.
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us 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.” (Titus2:11–13)
For believers Christ’s return is a cause for hope. Only believers have real hope because we alone 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 Jesus and transforms the prospect into a blessed hope.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“First of all you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, ‘Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it is has since the beginning of creation.” (2nd Peter3:3–4)
Beloved some scoff at the mere teaching of a future return of Christ. Peter observed such scoffing in his day, and more was promised as a characteristic of 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).
Other scoffing may be due to the delayed fulfillment of the promises about Chris’s return, especially when the delay is seen as “slowness” or a sing that Christ is not going to return. Believers in Christ know the delay is due to patient grace to allow everyone opportunity to repent of their their sins, and fully accept Him. Against all scoffing resounds the strong affirmation, ‘the day of the Lord will come (2nd Peter3:10).