Waiting for Jesus
Jesus is the mediator and interceder before God on our behalf, and He reigns over the world, binding everything together. Jesus is also preparing a place for us in heaven, like a groom does for his bride. Just like a bride in waiting, we are all waiting for the day Jesus will come back, bringing an end to the present world as we know it. The dead will rise, everyone will be judged, and we all will either ascend with Christ to heaven or descend to hell for the rest of eternity. As we are told, Jesus will come back for us when we least expect it. Thus, we must live with our hearts awake with God and asleep to sin.
Are we expectantly waiting as a faithful bride-to-be, or are we living a life unbecoming of a waiting bride? If we are not right with Christ or find ourselves in fleeting moments where we feel quick to react on emotion or sin, we must ask ourselves, to what end are we awaiting Christ? Are our hearts and our actions taking us to heaven or hell? Our hearts must courageously fight this world and its temptations in order to ascend with Christ when he comes back. We must trust God despite the emotional grasp fear holds on us as we go about our spiritual and daily lives. Courage is not the absence of fear but the way we rise above fear, which can only and truly be done by listening to God in our hearts.
To this end we must pray that the grace and power of God can restore our hearts from our fears and struggles. If we are to honor God through our good works of faith, we must seek Him and in doing so we will trust Him. Having zealous courage of trust and faith in Christ is how we can wait as Christ’s faithful bride, whose duty and essence are described for us at the end of 2 Peter 3. As an individual with freewill, no one can force you to obey God or tell your heart how to scripturally obey Him with zeal and courage. It is up to you taking in God’s word in order to find those answers. What will your answer be and to what end will you follow it?
Inspired by: Colossians 1:17, 1 Corinthians 15:25-26, 1 Timothy 2:5, Romans 8:34. Mark 13:32-37, 2 Peter 3:7-18, 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, Acts 2:38