Turn on any type of media and you will eventually hear worldly news.
Wars, bombings, beheadings, natural disasters…the world is moaning for Christ return…and whether the people of the world know or not, creation is expecting it!
Romans 8:19-20 “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”
In the Garden of Eden when Satan whispered lies, Adam and Eve made a choice that changed the world. Not only did mankind have consequences placed upon them but so did all creation. Everything had fallen victim to sin with decomposition and decay finding its way into the grand scheme of the deceiver.
Satan orchestrated a plan to separate that which God said was very good from the presence of God himself however as time begin to march across God’s Kingdom calendar the return of Christ to reclaim and restore has been greatly anticipated. With each passing year and day we see signs of a “crying out” for the King of King’s return.
But what about us, modern day Christians are we expecting His return? As we sit in comfortable homes in a wonderful country that has not yet seen escalated persecution, how are we watching with intensity for His return? Do we scroll pass on our news feeds about the persecution that is being played out on the screens from the other side of the world not letting it touch our lives?
How can we earnestly expect His return? Matthew 24:36 tells us that no one knows the day or the hour so what can we be doing?
First we must take His return seriously by digging into God’s word and learning it. We need to be prepared in and out of season to give an answer for our faith. We also need to be able to discern what is true and lines up with God’s word. If we haven’t spent time studying then we will not know lies that Satan is now whispering in our ears.
Second, we should not turn a blind eye to the news of the world and the persecution that is going on. We should seek to let the reports prick our hearts into the action of prayer. There are people across living this globe that do not have the luxury of walking into a house of God or to email or text a prayer request. We can take up this mantel and be prayer warriors for them.
Pray that they:
Stand strong in their faith
To live the joy of the Lord before their persecutors.
To feel the presence of Jesus
To recall the Words of the Lord for comfort and strength
To know their suffering is not in vain.
Third we must be bold and tell others about the salvation of the Lord.
God’s word tells us that every tribe and every nation will be represented in singing before the Lord in heaven. Currently, not every tribe and nation has heard the salvation message of Jesus Christ. But with good focused strategy and faithful believers we can finish the task in our lifetime. You may be thinking, “I can’t go” but have you ever considered that they person you share the gospel with just might be the one that the Lord calls to go to that tribe in the Amazon jungle or that remote nation in Southeast Asia?
William Carey said, “Expect great things from God, Attempt great things for God”
Friends we must grow to earnestly expect His return.
Father, help us to expect your return in an urgent manner. Help us to not turn a deaf ear or a blind eye to our brothers and sisters across the world that are suffering for you. Create in us a passion for your Word, a voice that cries out in prayer and a boldness to tell others about you. Lord, help us to step up our mission and expect you. Lord, come quickly!