Monday, September 09, 2013
Today’s Topic: Is It What We Really Want?
Today’s Text: Revelation 22:7 (ESV) “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
Revelation 22:12 (ESV)
“Behold, I am coming soon…”
Revelation 22:17 (ESV)
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.
Revelation 22:20 (ESV)
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
I hope it was just a fluke. I’m going to assume that it was because people were so deep in thought about what they were hearing that they just forgot to respond outwardly. If not, then we may have a problem.
Yesterday during the sermon there was a clear statement made about the joyous and glorious return of Jesus Christ to gather His true church to their eternal reward. Silence ensued.
Really? Silence from the very people Jesus is coming to get? I was a little shocked. I think it showed. I said it again, and the response was enthusiastic, but it made me wonder how many times in my own life I need to be reminded to keep my eyes, my heart, and my desires on the return of Jesus Christ rather than on the things of this world.
Earlier in the service we had sung a couple of songs, one of which was the chorus of “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” In that song we sang these words – Turn your eyes upon Jesus; look full in His wonderful face; and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” I wondered what happened in the 15 minutes between singing that and hearing it preached.
I know that there are many – too many – days that I have my eyes, my heart, and my desires firmly fixed on the things of earth. It happens so much that I must ask myself the question “Is the return of Jesus what I really want?”
Let’s see –
- More sin versus no sin. That’s one for His return.
- More financial stress versus streets of crystal clear gold and a mansion made by the hands of God just for me. That’s two for Jesus.
- More emotional stress from loneliness, rejection, and the pursuit of self-worth versus seeing the face of Jesus while His arms of love wrap around me and the only tears ever will be tears of joy. So far the return of Jesus is pitching a shut-out.
- More issues with health versus an eternally perfect body. This is getting embarrassing. Earthly things are growing strangely dim.
I could go on, but we all get the point. The Spirit of God says “Come.” The Bride of Christ – His church – is supposed to say “Come.” Everyone who is longing for satisfaction in this life is to realize that earthly things cannot satisfy and invite Jesus to come. I am to consider the coming of Jesus to be more important to me that any other upcoming event in my life.
Is it what we really want? Well as for me, YES!!!