Tag Archive | Return

To the sky

Luke 21:25-27 – “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”

We are always looking to the sky. We look for the sun. We look for rain. We look for lightning. We watch for storms and fair weather and signs of the wind. But do we look for the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?

One day, He will break through the sky and gloriously return to take us home. And I believe, there will be little doubt as to what has happened. He said to look for Him – that has to mean we will see Him when He arrives. 

All creation is eagerly awaiting His arrival. We see things happening in the natural world that are mentioned in these very verses. We see “men’s hearts failing them for fear”. We see “the sea and the waves roaring “. Just look and you will see. 

But do you look to the eastern sky with eager anticipation? Are you excited about His return or do you dread it? Or worse, do you fail to believe? 

Let me urge you – search the Scriptures and know. Ask, and He will tell you through His Word. Jesus will return soon. Will you be ready?

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Quickly passing

Revelation 22:12 – “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”

Can you believe that it is already April 8?! School will be done for the year sometime in the next 6 to 8 weeks. That is just crazy! Didn’t we just start? Weren’t we just making New Year’s resolutions? 

However you feel about the passing of time, it continues on whether you like it or not. The kids are getting older and taller every day. The wrinkles on my face are showing up. Gray hairs are starting to poke through. Ugh! Yet, despite my physical calamities, God has been good to me – He’s always good even when things are tough. 

But I digress in praise….

I was searching for something to write about today and came to this realization – it is the end of the entire Bible, or at least very, very close to the end, and God expressed this very important detail – “quickly”. 

Here is its’ definition, just in case we need clarity – “QUICK’LY, adverb Speedily; with haste or celerity. 2. Soon; without delay.” I can hear it now – “Duh!!” 

Yes, I know. But I wanted you to see the definition and insert “speedily” or “soon” or “without delay” when you re-read the verse above. 

John used this word (that God inspired him to use) three times in Revelation 22. He used “quickly” to describe Jesus’ return in verses 7,12 and 20. Three has always been a significant number in the Bible. Do you think it’s importance is any less diminished here? I think not. The Holy Spirit is getting His point across here. Jesus’ return is FAST approaching. 

I know people have been saying that since (to quote my dad) “Hector was a pup and now he’s an old dog!” (Sorry, a Southerism I couldn’t resist.)   It means they have been saying that for a really long time. But, it’s true! Look at the world around you. Take in what society thinks and feels and then look at the Bible. Search out prophecy about how things will look at the end and we are there. Political powers my not be completely in line just yet, but they are getting there. But the overall attitude and the falling away, it has begun. 

It’s bittersweet, really. We all eagerly anticipate this “quickly” but at the same time our hearts ache for those who are, as the writers of the Bible would say, “stiff necked”. We all know of people who just refuse over and over again. They choose not to accept Jesus for who He is. 

But that doesn’t mean we quit trying. That doesn’t mean we give up and wait in our houses for the trumpet to sound. No, that means we keep on going. Jesus didn’t sit down and keep to Himself when He knew His time was drawing near to be hung on be cross. He kept on going. He kept sharing, kept teaching, kept doing everything He could to draw others to Him. And we need to be about the same business – drawing people to Him, showing them His love and guiding them to the understanding of His Gospel. 

So today, despite how fast the calendar is flying, be about the business of sharing. Time is “quickly” passing. The trumpet will be sounding before you can bat an eye. 

Watching

Luke 12:36-40 – “And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.”

I work at a nursing home. Every year, we have people from the state come in and look over our daily activities to make sure that we are working within a certain guideline. When they are satisfied that we have met that guideline, they will give us certification to remain open one more year. We have been waiting for the state surveyors to come since April. Yep, April. 

On Monday, we were finally anticipating their arrival. I had to laugh to myself, though. As I walked through the entryway on two different occasions, I saw the leadership of our facility standing at the windows anxiously staring out at the road. They were like little children staring out the window waiting for a parent to come home. I know they just want to get through this interview and put this behind us but still, the sight made me chuckle. Not very often do you see the leadership of your organization staring out a window. 

Jesus is returning soon. We have been anticipating His return since He departed. But when was the last time you stood and stared out the window anxiously awaiting His return? When was the last time that preparing for His arrival as at the top of your list for the day?  If you are like me, the thought occasionally crosses your mind, but the constant attention to the task is not what happens in your life. 

Jesus was teaching His disciple about the behavior that He expects prior to His return. He expects to find us waiting – actively waiting. He doesn’t expect us to be standing at the window staring out of it and doing nothing. He expects us to be out serving, sharing and doing, just like we should be doing each and every day. It is our “reasonable service” (Romans 12:1). Jesus used the analogy of a servant. The servant is expected to do his/her job regardless if they see the master or not. The master desires to come home from his trip and find that his servants have been doing their responsibilities without him having to stand hovering over them all the time. They need to work just as hard when he is not there as when he is there. 

The same can be said for followers of Christ. He left us a manual – the Bible. He left us details on how He wants things done, when He wants them done and how our attitude should be while we are dong them. He wants to return and find us being successful. He left us The Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to guide us when things get rough or we just don’t understand. He just wants to return finding us busy for Him and Him alone. 

So today, take a few moments and stare at the eastern sky. Let this moment serve as your reminder that He is coming again. He wants to find you doing His work in His way. Your life is special to Him. Your responsibilities here on earth are important to Him. Remember, the Master is coming back soon. Are you ready for His return?

The Warning

Matthew 25:13 – “ Watch thereforefor ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”

We are finishing up a long hard winter for some people. So much snow and ice and severely cold weather. Yuck! Yet, we have a pretty amazing weather prediction system. The meteorologist can predict weather fairly accurately. They don’t always get it right, but they are pretty close most of the time. 

We hear that a storm is coming, like a snow storm or a hurricane, and what do we do? We go out and stock up on water, can goods, and bread. We make sure that the batteries are working in our flashlights and that we have blankets if we need them. We make sure that we have extra cash, extra medicine and that Fido has extra food. We take every precaution that we can think of. We call our friends and family to make sure that they are prepared. 

But when it comes to our spiritual life, are we so prepared? When people hear that a storm will be passing through their area, they prepare for that short event and the quickly passing consequences. But do we warn others of the eternal consequences of the upcoming storm caused by sin? A day is coming when Jesus will return and the day of repentance will be over. You will warn your friend of the upcoming tornado but would you warn them of the consequences of sin by rejecting Jesus as their Savior? 

I am guilty. I let social pressures get to me. I don’t want people not to like me because I ask them about their eternal future. I like to be liked. But guess what? That won’t show people how to get to heaven. I try very hard to allow God to work through my life and I try very hard to acknowledge Him in all things. And that is good. But what I really need to do is say to people “hey, do you know Jesus?” Yet, those words are elusive to my vocabulary. I fail. 

But there is hope. Today is a new day with new opportunities. I need to be more brave. I need to be more concerned about a person’s spiritual wellbeing than my own popularity. 

That’s my challenge for you today, Princess. Be brave. You would share a weather warning. Make sure you care enough to give out the warning that God has left for us in the Bible – Jesus will return. Are you ready?

Get going!

Hosea 10:12 – “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.” (KJV)

I saw this verse this morning and it interested me. There are so many parts to talk about here.

Sow to yourselves in righteousness – Get busy doing what is right. When we accepted Jesus as our Savior, He put within us the Holy Spirit to guide us in right and wrong. So, we have within us the necessary equipment to do righteousness. It is just do we choose to listen to it? If His guidance doesn’t fit in our little box, we want to ignore it, pretend It isn’t there. My garden doesn’t grow if I ignore it. It doesn’t produce if I don’t plant. Same thing is true with my spiritual life.
Reap in mercy – If you do what is right, guess what happens? Blessings. God is just waiting to shower down blessings upon us, but we get in the way with our unwilling heart and hinder His blessings upon us. So sad.
Break up your fallow ground – Quit being unproductive! Repent of this wrong and move on. The ground of our heart has become hard. We are no longer sensitive to the needs of others. We need to break things up and change. We need to allow God to break our hearts for the needs of others – especially their spiritual needs.
Seek the LORD – Look for Jehovah. Seek Him out. I guarantee you will find Him.

And how long are we to do all of this? Until He comes to take us home. The time is quickly approaching, princess. Don’t be deceived into thinking that you have some time. You don’t. Get moving. Get growing. Get to finding out what and how God wants you to serve.

One Year!

Hebrews 12:1 – “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

Today is my one year anniversary of writing this blog. It is hard to believe that it has been one year! I have not always been faithful to write every day. Sometimes my entries may have seemed a little rambling or confusing – some days our heads are clearer than others, right?

But God promised this: Isaiah 55:11 – “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” That, sister, is a promise I cling to daily. That He will be able to use my ramblings for His honor and His glory. His Word is powerful and can accomplish way more than I ever could.

I have tried to encourage you to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles”. We are in the fight of our spiritual life here. We can’t afford to be complacent. I have also tried to encourage you to “run with perseverance the race marked out for” you. God has a specific plan for each and every one of us. He wants to come along beside us and led us home. We just have to follow.

So, princess, as we begin the journey of another year, it is my prayer that you will share this blog with someone else so that we can reach the world one person at a time. Your labor is not in vain when done for The Lord. He is faithful to make sure that His Word does not return to Him in void. Let’s keep on walking together until He comes back for us.

He IS coming!

1 Thessalonians 5:1,2 – “Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”
Matthew 25:13 – “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”
Matthew 24:44 – “So also you must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

Do you ever have one of those days where God is hammering something in your head? That was my night. All through church last night I heard this. Think He wanted me to get it?

You know He is coming back soon. On top of the lesson and message I heard last night, I am reading Revelation. Pray for me on that one – Revelation makes my head spin.

God gave us these warnings and prophecies for a reason – He wants us to be ready. My pastor encouraged us last night to think every morning, before you get out of bed, that today could be the day. Today could be the day He breaks through the eastern sky. Today could be the day He calls us home. Today could be the last chance you have to tell someone about Jesus.

How does that make you feel? Does it create a sense of urgency or are you immune to it? Have you heard that for so long that you have become complacent?

Sometimes I feel that way. If I’m truly honest, probably more often than not. But that is no excuse. Sister, it is time to confess these things. Clean out the dirty laundry and get the floor swept! God isn’t going to tolerate those excuses anyway. Get rid of them! And trust me, I’m speaking just as much to myself as to anyone else.

What is God going to find you doing when He returns? Is He going to find you sharing His love with others or will He find you trying not to rock the boat? Is He going to find you staying away from the evils of the world or will He find you knee deep in it? Is he going to find you serving in your home and in His work or will He find you out having “a good time”?

These are serious questions, princess. We have become too absorbed with what we want. We have heard of His return for so long that I fear we have lost sight of the real issue – HE REALLY IS COMING BACK!! He has tarried this long to give us time to share and bring as many to Him as choose to come. Don’t delay, princess. Get on your royal steed and get out there and herald the news – He is coming!