Reprinted by permission. Original printing November 12, 2006, Sisters in Service women’s newsletter, Bammel church of Christ, Houston, TX.
I am a person of no consequence, but one thing I know is that I am grateful for all God has done for me and know He will return some day to take His family home. Nothing satisfies like God and knowing Him day by day. He is loving and just and created the world to bring glory to Himself alone.
But something went wrong after His creation was pronounced good. Yet in God’s great wisdom He permitted evil to enter His work of artistry. God did not create evil but allowed it and is using it for His purposes. Joseph recognized this principle in his famous speech to his brothers, reminding them that what they meant for evil, God used for good (Gen. 5:20).
It is hard to believe I will live in a new world one day where no evil exists. But it is true. Christ is returning for His bride. He will buy her out of the hands of the villain and throw his arch enemy in a pit forever.
Hollywood has yet to see the greatest love story ever unfold.
“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 21:27-28)
We will soon be in the traditional season of advent celebrated by Christian’s worldwide; a celebration of Christ’s first coming. I pray you enjoy this Christmas more than ever. May you take advantage of all of the joy it brings and remember to tell the next generation where the story really started.
But this year as you celebrate, keep an eye on the sky. Teach your little ones that we are in a new advent. We wait, in great expectation, for our Savior’s second return. Should He linger another generation or more, it will be up to our young people to keep the flame of the church lit that Christ may recognize His beloved upon his return.
If you are part of the bride or body of Christ, praise Him today for He is returning. And if you are not part of the bride, come join us. “The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” (Rev. 22:17)
You are on the right path if you already believe in Christ, but this can be the day you put on your wedding garment of baptism whereby you’ll receive the seal of the Holy Spirit. Think of the gift of the Holy Spirit as God’s wedding ring, the single identifier that you are in Christ.
If it is hard to look for you to focus on Christ’s return every day, then just focus for today. Think about our Lord’s return and believe the apostle John final words in Revelation 22:20, “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”
An addendum: By faith, today I still believe what I confessed at my baptism, that Jesus Christ is the son of the Living God. As other Christians do, I long for others to know this peace, in good times and in blindingly stormy times. So far what I know is that when all seems to come against this confession, Christ is still there and can navigate us through any difficulty. This is simply my witness to Christ’s work in my own life. If you are not a member of Christ’s body, there are teachers waiting to walk you through God’s plan of salvation on a one-on-one basis. Please contact any of us at GodReflection so we can assist in putting you in touch with a local teacher who can help you understand how to enter the body of Christ. We claim no authority on our own, but as you, we too fall under the authority of the Scriptures and seek to follow it and teach it humbly and truthfully (Prov. 30:5&6). For we understand as Bible students we all are ultimately sitting at Christ’s feet, in the shadow of the cross, simply helping each other on to Heaven. By God’s grace alone, I don’t have to wonder about whether I am really in Christ.