Repeatedly the Bible tells us that Jesus is coming back. And He is coming soon. But what does this mean for followers of Jesus Christ today?
Should we sit back and say that everything is in the hands of God? Can we live as we like, promising ourselves that some day in the future we will clean up our lives? On the contrary, if we really believe that Jesus is coming at any moment, that should compel us to reassess our priorities.
An athlete preparing for the big game is disciplined and focused. The future event determines his present priorities. When I lived in Pittsburgh, I was invited to speak to the Steelers before a game. When I walked into the room, it was quite intimidating. These huge men were incredibly attentive: completely focused, trained, and ready to go. Do you have a similar focus and sense of urgency in your walk with Jesus Christ?
In the book of 1 Thessalonians, we are given a picture of an early church. It was alert and focused on the ultimate purposes of God. The Thessalonians turned from their idols to serve the living and the true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven. They had their priorities right. They were waiting for God’s Son from heaven. But as they waited, they served God. And as they served God, they were waiting! Alert and focused.
Because we are waiting for the return of our great God and Savior, we are challenged to renounce ungodliness and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in the present day, and exemplify Christ to others (Titus 3:11-14).
Jesus is coming back, and He is coming soon. So be alert and focused. That future day, that day which will certainly take place, impacts today!