As I have been reading through, memorizing and meditating on Colossians this month, one of the things that I have been reminded of is how I need to be thinking about heaven and Christ’s return. Colossians 1:5 reminds us that as Christians we have a faith in Christ and a love for others based upon a “hope laid up for us in heaven.” In the opening verses of chapter 3 Paul reminds Christians to set their affection on things above. . . where Christ who is our hope, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” Then again he tells us to “set our minds on things above”. The reason for this is because we have died with Christ and now live for Christ. So “when Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4, ESV).
So I am asking myself today: Am I eagerly looking, eagerly expecting and waiting actively for, the return of Jesus Christ. Paul tells us that our citizenship is already in heaven, therefore we should long to be there with our Savior and the saints above!
Mike Riccardi has posted about this recently in Eagerly Awaiting the Savior. He reminds us that eagerly anticipates Christ’s return means that we will often reflect and meditate on His coming and make His return a major focus in our lives. Eagerly anticipating His return increases our joy and drives our obedience to Him. I commend Mike’s article to you. He has some great quotes from Alexander MacClaren and Charles Spurgeon as well including this one by the latter:
“Brethren, Jesus is coming! He is even now on the way. You have heard our tidings till you scarcely credit us, but the Word of God is true and it will surely be fulfilled before long. The Lord is coming, indeed! He promised to come to die and He kept His Word—He now promises to come to reign and you may be sure that He will keep His tryst with His people.
“He is coming! Ears of faith can hear the sound of His chariot wheels! Every moment of time, every event of Providence is bringing Him nearer. Blessed are those servants who shall not be sleeping when He comes, nor wandering from their posts of duty! Happy shall they be whom their Lord shall find faithfully watching and standing fast in that great day!”
Question: Are you eagerly looking for our beloved Savior’s coming? What hinders you from doing so? How do you think reflecting and meditating on Christ’s coming would help your passion for God increase?