The last day of the year 2008.
I never thought we’d make it this far. Honestly. I’m one of those people who felt the Lord would return long before we reached this point in time. I’ve been looking for His return since high school, and for me, that was the late 70’s.
My grandmother passed away a few years ago. During my last visit with her in the hospital, she was weak but still fiesty. I said something about how fortunate she was to get to see the Lord before He returns to earth. She responded quickly, “Well, you told me He was going to be here ten years ago.”
I’m known as one who “eagerly awaits The Day,” and although it hasn’t happened yet, I know He’s coming.
So what does one do about New Year’s Resolutions when hoping for Christ’s Return?
Mine is the same as it is every day…to walk in a manner worthy of the Gospel…to eagerly await The Day…and to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And even we Christians, although we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, also groan to be released from pain and suffering. We, too, wait anxiously for that day when God will give us our full rights as his children, including the new bodies he has promised us. ~Romans 8:22-23
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself. ~Philippians 3:20-21
Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him. ~Hebrews 9:27-28
Now, dear friends, do not let this one thing escape your notice, that a single day is like a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years are like a single day. The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because He does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; when it comes, the heavens will disappear with a horrific noise, and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze, and the earth and every deed done on it will be laid bare. Since all these things are to melt away in this manner, what sort of people must we be, conducting our lives in holiness and godliness, while waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God? Because of this day, the heavens will be burned up and dissolve, and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze! But, according to His promise, we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness truly resides. ~2Peter 3:8-13
Are you marking time in this world…for this world? Or are you conducting your life in holiness and godliness, while eagerly waiting the coming of the Lord?
A New Year will begin tomorrow. I’m still hoping The Day will come shortly, thereafter.