We are living in the last days

I was at a Youth Retreat this weekend at Lake Placid in Hartford City, Indiana. Our lessons were on how to live in the last days. Take the time to read and reflect on this.

Let me start out by asking a few questions. If Jesus were to come back right now, would you be ready? Would you? Are you hoping for that? Are you excited?

Be honest with yourself. I will be. I need God to teach me how to be ready. Sadly, I’m probably not completely ready just yet. Am I looking forward to it? Well, there’s another thing I want God to work into me. Truthfully, I wasn’t really hoping Jesus would come back until this weekend while I was at the Youth Retreat. That’s sad! However, the Youth Retreat really put it into perspective for me. It was actually pretty humbling.

If you aren’t excited about Jesus Christ’s return, if you aren’t hoping for that, then what’s the point of being a Christian? If He doesn’t return we really don’t have hope. But wait. He will return won’t he? Yes. Absolutely. That’s what every Christian should be looking forward to and hoping for. Jesus didn’t just save us and then abandon us. He’s returning. Our King is returning soon! Get excited! The apostle throughout the entire New Testament lived literally expecting Jesus to return at that very moment. That’s how we should be today.

Now if you want Jesus to return and you’re excited about it, please continue reading! 🙂

How are you living in these last days? Are you living for Christ? Are you being careful of what you watch? Are you showing love to everyone around you? What do other people see in you? Jesus Christ or just another person? Peter tells us in 2 Peter 1:5-7 “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.”

We should constantly be growing in those areas. Are you living as you should? How horrifying will it be if Jesus comes back and you’re right in the middle of committing a sin? We should constantly be growing in those areas Peter mentioned so we can live a holy life and resist sin.

Now what about the people you come into contact with? Are you sharing the Gospel with them? There is a whole world around us that’s going to hell. Do we really care? Come on, do you? You should. You should want to see people come to Christ so that they can be rescued. Yes, you will be rejected. Yes, you will be mocked. It is worth it, however. You are tool that God uses to save souls from the fires of hell if you obey is command and the spread the Good News.

Live in love today and everyday! The Word says that love is the fulfillment of the law. Love others. Live expecting Jesus to return at any moment. When you do, you will find yourself living in holiness. Show love to others and look for Jesus!

In Christ,

Austin

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About Austin Coons

20 years old. Follower of Jesus Christ. Studying Pastoral Ministry at Moody Bible Institute.

Posted on March 18, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I used to think like you… “what is the point of being a Christian if I am not excited about Jesus return?” I think it would be being excited about serving the poor and feeding the hungry like Jesus commanded. Regardless of whether or not he “returns ” like so many believe he will, in an Apocalyptic way. This life should be lived by loving others unconditionally …

    • We do need to live our lives loving others and serving others. But we should be like the apostles by looking and expecting Jesus to come at any moment. The works should flow after we come to the saving faith in Jesus Christ.

  2. While I agree with everything you said here, I also think that we need to recognize that our Christian faith is not simply about what will happen in the future, it is about what is happening now. We are a redeemed people, being restored into the image of our creator (Col 3:9) so that we may, in turn, be catalysts for transforming our world into the kingdom of God. Remember when Jesus prayed that the kingdom may come on earth as it is in heaven? We are in the midst of the restoration of all creation, and it eagerly awaits the revealing of the sons of God (Rom 8:19) who reflect the image of the glory of God (Col 3:9) while coming together to form the body of Christ for the redemption of the world. Our quest towards holiness is not a mere act of willpower, it is the power of God working transformation within us whereby even our very desires change.

    That is holiness, and holiness brings forth the kingdom.

    Yes, we need to be living with eager expectation of Christ’s return… but in the process, we cannot forget that the Holy Spirit is here, now, and at work in our innermost being.

    Great post, and I am ecstatic to hear the effect the retreat had on you. Keep the faith, brother, and let the passion burn.

    • You’re right! I wrote this to address the problem that a lot of Christians really don’t care when Jesus comes back. I find it amazing how New Testament believers were looking for Christ’s return at every moment. Thanks for the encouragement 🙂

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