It’s so easy to get bogged down with the cares and tasks of this world, to the point we often find ourselves weary. But one thing that encourages me and I pray it encourages you is that we wait for the blessed hope-the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus [the] Christ. I am filled with great joy, a renewing of strength and great anticipation when I think about the soon coming of our Lord Jesus, for us, His redeemed. Keeping my eyes on Him and His return helps to keep me focused on the task at hand, putting aside most distractions. I say most because I’m still a work in progress. I’m reminded that time is short and there is much to do, so I do my best to not allow too many distractions that will take me off course. You can ask those close to me, I am very easily distracted, but keeping my focus on Jesus helps to keep me focused and I pray it helps you too. It’s true we know not the day nor the hour of His return, but I do believe we can know the seasons and the signs, because He told us what to watch for and we know we are nearing the end. But, even if you lay that aside, no one knows when we will leave this world, for whatever reason and by whatever means. We must remain focused on what we are called to do and enjoy the life God gave us and Jesus died so that we might have. If we abide in Him and keep our eyes on Him and we will find that it’s more peaceful and refreshing than when we put our focus on the world.
He gave Himself for us, to redeem us from all that is bad and so we will be purified to Him…meaning we lay aside our old self and the things that are harmful to us, things that lead to our destruction. He longs for us to be eager to do good in this world, that we might be a living testament to the world of His love, His grace and His mercy. If we look and act like the world, that will not only wear us down, but it will also offer no hope to those that are lost and dying, those in desperate need of Jesus…but then aren’t we all in desperate need of Him. I mean salvation is glorious in itself, but there is so much more to Jesus than just salvation and that relationship, the one we sometimes can take for granted is exactly what the world needs and is searching for. You and I are the vessels God uses to declare His love, His Son, Jesus, to the world.
We will be hated, we will be despised, we will be attacked and perhaps like some in the world today, we will be persecuted. But we’ve been given the great privilege to share Him, our beloved King and Lord, Jesus, with the world, at any cost. Share the truth, encourage and when needed, rebuke the enemy, but whatever you do, don’t quit and never give up. Never lose sight of Jesus, your first love. Apart from Him, we can do nothing and we are tired and without hope. Find renewed strength in His presence and let no one rightly despise you… because you did as He asked.
Encouragingly yours, in Jesus’ name,