With everything within me, I yearn for the moment our Lord Jesus returns. Absolutely nothing in this life could compare with the glory that we will enjoy when we, in an instant of time, find ourselves standing face to face with the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
As wonderful as this life is at times, I long for an end to the pain and aggravation each day brings while having to put up with this earthly body and this world. With all of my heart I hold on to the promise that there will be an immediate end to all pain, suffering and tears when Christ returns or we die and go to Him.
I do not know when Christ is coming back and have no desire to debate the issue. All I know and believe with every fiber of my being is that He IS returning soon and that when He does, I will cease to be a citizen of this world.
For nearly 45 years I have held firm to the belief that Christ is returning soon. Many have told me that I am delusional and have “ruined my life” by holding fast to this hope. I have been scolded, castigated, rejected, and mocked for my ironclad faith in the hope God has set before us.
If given the choice of taking a pill and being given 100 more years of this life or departing for glory tomorrow I would be first in line for the departure. Nothing in this life compares to that which awaits us once we depart this life, through death or the return of Christ, and join all the believers from all the ages on heaven’s golden shore.
I have no desire whatsoever for worldly fortune or fame. I have no desire whatsoever to receive the accolades of man for being a good humanitarian. I have no desire whatsoever to stand upon a stage and receive degrees of accomplishment in worldly matters so as to spend the rest of my life laboring to stockpile earthly treasures.
With all my heart and soul, I desire nothing more than to please my Savior in this life and be with Him forever and ever. Nothing means more to me than knowing in my heart that I have done my best for God and that one day I will receive my just reward from Jesus Christ Himself for what I have done for Him in this life.
I believe that the closer a Christian is to the Lord, the stronger their desire for His return. Conversely, those who appear to be pillars of the faith but live for this life only have little desire for Christ to come and ruin their "perfect" life.
I feel sorry for those who scoff at the notion Christ may soon return. I pray for those who so enjoy this life they do not want Christ to return. My heart rejoices with those, who like myself, long for Christ to come quickly. Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus.
When we place them in God's hands, the adversities of this world serve to remind us... the VERY best is yet to be. I am looking forward to that with anticipation, B2Y.
The doctrine of Imminence, that Christ could return at any time, is one all Christians should hold to with hope and faith. Spiritually speaking believing strongly that Christ could return at any time should strengthen our faith to abide and endure what we deal with in this world. I would feel a terrible loss if I did not believe in the soon return of my Lord.
Amen brother . . . I am "watching" and expecting His return could be any moment, including this one. My hope, my desire, my joy is in knowing, soon, I will be with Him in glory.
[quote]I feel sorry for those who scoff at the notion Christ may soon return. [/quote]
As do I brother. It is inconceivable to me how anyone who loves God and His Word wouldn't be faithfully waiting and watching for Him.
Matthew 24:42 (KJV)[quote]Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. [/quote]
I can't wait! My feeling exactly!
I went to meet with some mission friends to talk over plans on going back to Africa in August. Somehow we got on the subject of "the Lord is coming back soon". This one guy said that he didn't want to hear that kind of talk because if Jesus comes back look at all the people that will not be going. I told him that for every day that Jesus does not come back another thousand (it is probably many more than that) people are born. I kind of understand where he is coming from and I'm thankful that is God's decision and timing.
You want Jesus to come back too that way you and Blest can go hand in hand!