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Annually on January 2
For in just a very little while, “He who is coming will come and will not delay.” (Hebrews 10:37)
One of the things that we have to keep reminding ourselves is that Jesus is coming back for his children who live for him. Not the ones who live for themselves or for the world.
The verse before the above one in Hebrews 10 says,
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. (Hebrews 10:36)
Perseverance is difficult, yet we have to do it. Doing the will of God is not an easy thing with all the near fatal attractions that Satan brings in our lives. The Bible says,
"We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. (1 John 2:3-6)
If we do not obey the Word of God, we are liars and there is no truth in us, but if we obey his Word, his love is made complete in us.
The last part of the above verse would seem to be impossible to attain- walking as Jesus walked.
But John the Apostle urges us to do that.
If gaining heaven was as simple as some make it out to be, heaven would have been overpopulated. But Jesus said,
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13, 14)
Only a few find it.....So what's to be done??
The Apostle John writes,
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world - the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does - comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. (1 John 2:15-17)
Are you doing the will of God? If you are, Jesus is coming back for you and for others like you who are willing to humble themselves and do his will.
Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian