“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.” 2 Timothy 3:1
Do you believe that? The Apostle Paul did, and he lived his entire Christian life as if Jesus would be coming to get him at any moment. As a result his attitude of faith served to make him spiritually healthier. But please don’t ever say:
“Paul was wrong, Jesus never returned for him.”
First of all, that’s just not true. But regardless, Paul would tell you that his actions were right, despite the fact his rapturial timing was askew (Paul’s harpazo was of a personal nature and likely occurred when he purportedly lost his head). Let us be mindful of Christ‘s own words, “That day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”
Back to Paul’s attitude: consider 1 John 3:2-3
“Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”
In case you missed it, Paul is proclaiming that whoever has this hope becomes purer and thus more like Jesus. I think it was Billy Graham, when asked what if God is not real, responded, “Then I will have lived a better life.”
Paul would have likely agreed. Not only is Jesus Christ the real-deal, but in our waiting for His return we are being made better, not for our glory, but for His!
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification” 1 Thessalonians 4:3a
Want to know God’s will for your life? Well there it is!
The Contrasting Christian
“But if that evil servant says in his heart, ’My master is delaying his coming, ’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Clearly, if our behavior does not reflect an attitude of Christ’s return being near, than it’s likely emulating the worldly conduct that surrounds us. In other words, if we’re not surrendered to the sanctification process, that is the setting apart of ourselves for all things Spiritual and submitted to God for the changes He desires to see in us, than we’re behaving as the rest of the world behaves. This person must question whether or not he or she is truly saved. Keep in mind that merely going to church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than going to McDonald’s makes you a hamburger.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
I implore you as well.
Jesus is coming soon and you do not want to delay. If you are not a Christian, you must rectify that immediately (here’s how). If you are a nominal Christian, you need to start acting like a normal Christian. Repent or be revived! Now is the time. We are closer to Christ’s return than we have ever been before and if you should die before Christ returns for all of us, then you will be a witness to a private audience with the King of Kings. At that time if you do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, He will not receive you into His Kingdom — that’s just the way it is.
I beg you, stop rejecting the only Savior.
“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” Luke 21:25-27
These articles/blogs may or may not be related:
- Is being a Christian about keeping all the rules? (pastorchucks.wordpress.com)
- Living for the Reign of Jesus (sethsoasis.wordpress.com)
- So what colour was Jesus? (bloggingtheology.wordpress.com)
- Finding The Right Partner For The Job (witnessrunner.wordpress.com)
- Salvation 101 (meanlittleboy2.wordpress.com)
- Finding Joy Amidst Suffering (matgilbert.wordpress.com)
- Processing Death Through a Biblical Lens With Your Children (apexparents.com)
- If Jesus Is Lord, Can Unbelievers Own Property? (matthewtuininga.wordpress.com)
- And He was Amazed! (slave2christ.wordpress.com)
- A Christian is one who follows Christ (expressconcerns.wordpress.com)
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