Whenever I read the verses in
Isaiah 11:1-5 quoted below, verses that Paul set down in 1 Thessalonians come to my mind:
Then I start envisioning Jesus’ return for us, Hallelujah, because Jesus is coming, and in my mind, He has arrived. As I come back to the realization that He hasn’t made that return, I still live with the knowledge that He will return.
As we approach this CHRISTmas Season, and we “wont” to Glorify this Baby Jesus, we need to refresh our minds about His Gospel, His Life, His Death, His Burial, and His Resurrection from the grave. In that refreshment,
consider His imminent return. We have expected His Return for thousands of years, and His return could be momentarily or at any time.
The question I seem to always ask myself is, “Are you ready for Him John? Are you ready?” There are days in my life I would have to tell you that I am not, my head isn’t on straight. I find then that my devotion, my prayer life, my Bible reading hasn’t been what it should have been. It requires effort on my part to move myself back to where I ought to be for His return. This effort is a choice I make. It should be a choice made on a daily basis.
I know the thought question is; “I am saved; I am going to heaven, then aren’t I ready?” If you have accepted Jesus as your personal Saviour, yes, Heaven is your home, and a mansion awaits you. The “ready” part is a two-headed coin. God tells us to obey His Son in all that Jesus asks: pray without ceasing, read the scriptures, do not forsake the assembling of the brethren, and on and on it goes. Where do you stand with Jesus today? You must make the choice. First, choose Him, Jesus, and then get ready, for He may be on His way.
Bro. John R. E Chastain