by Dan Weyerhaeuser, Senior Pastor
The promise that Jesus is returning is an important part of how we, as Christians, navigate the challenges of living for God here. It gives us hope in sorrow, and purpose on every day.
Paul found this helpful in his own relationship with Christ so much that it often found its way into his teaching of others, including us. As he sat in a Roman jail and wrote his brothers and sisters in the church he planted in Philippi, the hope of Christ’s return came to Him again. You will be helped if you learn from him.
Take a few minutes and get your heart in a distraction-free place. Remember Who it is Whom you get to meet with today. Recall how much better everything is when you are worshipping and remembering Him. Ask His blessing on your time.
Open to Philippians 3:20-21. Read these verses five times slowly.
Is it possible to be citizens of one country while you are in another one? So we are. Notice, this is not future tense, but present. If you believe in Christ, you are already a citizen of heaven. How do you feel about this? Talk with Him about it.
Jesus is returning. This is the same Jesus meeting with you right now. Talk with Him about this.
The posture for us, when we remember where we are, is “awaiting our Savior, the Lord Jesus.” To have this posture we have to remember His coming and look forward to it. How often do you? You may ask Him to help you with this.
V. 21 When Jesus returns, He will make you like Him. How do you respond to this idea? Talk with Him about this as well.
He will make all things to be subject to Him. What do you have to say to Him about this?
As you conclude: What is one truth about God from these texts you can take through your day? How can you remember it?
Can you think of two people you will see today who don’t yet know the returning Christ? Take a moment and pray for both of them, that God’s Spirit would give them new birth. Then watch for how He brings you two together!