Three Reasons Christians Should Look for Christ’s Return
Many Christians are looking for Christ’s Return, but many others aren’t. And I must admit—for most of my life, I haven’t really been looking, either. But over recent years, my interest in Bible prophecy has soared. I can’t seem to get enough of learning about this topic.
In an effort to encourage all of us, I’d like to share three primary reasons every Christian should look for Christ’s return:
According to David R. Reagan, “prophecy constitutes almost one-third of the Bible,” which indicates its importance. Even so, it often feels like an unwelcome topic in today’s Christian circles because of the numerous opinions and beliefs surrounding it. And yet we’re left with this fact: since God’s Word repeatedly references Christ’s return, shouldn’t we take note?
This passage reveals God’s call on each Christian to a certain way of life as well as a certain focus in life. We’re to deny ungodliness and worldly desires while living sensibly, righteously and godly. By looking for Christ’s return, we gain strength to live God’s way. Life’s priorities become clearer when we understand Jesus could return at any moment.
It Gives Hope.
Everyone could use some hope right now. People all over the world are reeling from the coronavirus and its effects. Many grieve the loss of loved ones due to this awful illness, and countless others deal with enormous difficulties because of nation-wide shutdowns. Scripture reminds us our hope rests in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ.
By looking for Christ’s return, we gain hope in a bleak time. We realize more intensely that our home isn’t here. We’re citizens of heaven, and we’re waiting for our Lord and Savior to take us home to be with Him forever.
It Affects Our Actions.
As mentioned above, looking for Christ’s return clarifies life’s priorities. Important matters such as loving like Jesus, sharing the Gospel, and discipling others rise to the top. Earthly concerns fade. Focusing on the imminency of our Lord’s coming changes the way we live today.
Recognizing the truth of Christ’s return plus reminding our brothers and sisters that He is coming brings comfort. We aren’t stranded in this evil world. God maintains an acute awareness of everything occurring everywhere. And He has a magnificent plan! At exactly the right moment, our Heavenly Father will instruct His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to return for His bride. Then we’ll meet our precious, glorious Lord in the air and forever be with Him.