The other day I was pondering whether Christians had forgotten the great commission to “go and make disciples of all the nations” or are many just waiting for the return of Christ. We believe that the return of Jesus Christ is imminent, that is, His return could occur at any moment. We look for “the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). But is that all that Jesus desires for us?
Jesus wants us to love and enjoy living in the present moment. In John 10:10, Jesus says, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” A rich satisfying life. Jesus didn’t come so we could just hang out here on earth until it was time to die and go to heaven. His sacrifice made a way for us to experience that life now.
What do we do while we are waiting?
One of my favorite Christian songs is “While I’m Waiting” - John Waller
“While I’m waiting I will serve you… I’ll be running the race even while I wait.”
Scripture says we are to "run with patience (endurance, persistence) the race set before us, looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 New Living Translation (NLT)
Do you know?
We are to spread the Good News and run the race to win an eternal prize. “I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings. Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:23-25 (NLT)
They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength!
Our waiting on God will depend greatly on our faith. Our strength is in Jehovah, our faithful, covenant God.
Did you know that an eagle can detect when a storm is approaching long before it breaks? It will actually fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm.
When the storms (or trials) of life come upon us, we, too, can rise above them. We can lift ourselves above adversity by setting our minds and our hearts toward God
“…But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)
Jesus never intended for us to just “hold down the fort” keeping an eye on things temporarily while the He is away. In … Paul says we are to “always work enthusiastically for the Lord,” “So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NLT)
It’s time to get busy!
Published by Dr. A. Francine Green