And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (1 Jn. 3:3 )
The thought of the second coming of Christ has an effect on the hearts of men and women living on the earth. The scripture above says every man with the hope set on the events of Christ’s second coming purifies himself. This hope is seen in the 2nd verse of the same chapter “beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 Jn. 3:2). At the second coming of Christ, we will be transformed to become like Him. It is the hope of all hope for the believer when we shall be clothed with our new bodies in the excellent splendor of God’s glory.
God wants us to always keep the thought of the second coming of Christ in full view at all times. We make wise decisions and adjust our ways whenever eternity comes to our minds. This often happens when we attend the funeral of someone we know. When Christ shall appear, we will suddenly realize that the things we might have put so much value in will suddenly lose all their value in an instant. Did it cross your mind that Jesus could return to earth today? What weight will your life have on the scale of eternity? Did you win souls? Did you build up believers to become more like Christ? Did you glorify God in your love, kindness, compassion, and mercy shown to those around you? You can gauge the weight of your life against the eternity scale by observing how much of your life makes an impact on PEOPLE around you.
Keep the second coming of Christ in full view every day. Remember that He said He will come in a day that most people are not expecting- like today!
So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. (Matt. 24:44 NIV)
Think about the day Jesus will come back. Think about the day you will stand and look at Christ and be transformed to become like Him. Think on these things.
Pray that the Lord will cause your heart to always be prepared for the second coming of Christ.
APPLY THE WORD TODAY!
The events that are happening around us tell us plainly that we are running out of time. Do not live such earthly lives that you make no investments in eternity. If today is that great Day, do you have anything to show for your life here on earth to the Father?
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