Look for His return

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
(Luke 21:25-28 (NIV))

Two thousand years ago, how many people recognized the signs that foretold of the birth of Jesus?

There were countless prophecies, yet only Simeon, Anna and the Magi recognized the baby as the King of kings. The rest of the world was too preoccupied with the events of their daily lives and worldly pursuits.

Are we like the world at the birth of Jesus, or can we, the body of Christ, recognize when our Lord and Savior will return?

You may ask, “How can we know, for we have been told that no one knows?”

No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
(Matthew 24:36 (NIV))

It is true that we may not know the day or the hour, but, if we are the body, we should be able to sense things.

Think about that for a moment.

Think of your own body. When your head makes a decision to move an arm, does the head surprise the arm, or does the arm respond without any delay? When the head decides that the lungs should take a breathe, do the lungs have to be woken up in order to fulfill their command?

If we are the body of Christ, then we should look to Jesus just as the parts of our bodies look to our heads. It should not be a labored thought process in which we have to decide if we will obey the voice of the Lord. It should be just as it is when our brain tells us to take a breathe. We should instinctively do as the head desires.

I hate to say this, but perhaps we have not kept our parts of His Body in condition to do as He desires. Do we listen to His voice? Do we see the world as He sees it? Do we love as He loves? Do we have compassion as Jesus had compassion? Do we go where He says to go?

Two thousand years ago, Jesus caught the world by surprise with His first coming. Will we be caught by surprise when He returns?

If Jesus truly is our redemption, then we should eagerly lift our heads and look for His return.

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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