For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. – Titus 2.11-14
There is a lot of talk in our circles about the Second Coming of Christ. Thirty or forty years ago it was really big. There is a lot of speculation even now about when He is coming back and the signs of the times and all of that kind of thing. I suppose there is not much harm in that and it can serve a purpose in motivating folks to serve.
But the reality is we really have no idea when Christ will return. When Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, right after he talked about the rapture, he told them that wasn't going to write about the signs and wonders because that is not what they really needed.
What they needed way back then, and what we really need now, is just to trust the word of God and live every day as though Jesus was coming back today. That has been the motivation since Jesus ascended to heaven and the angels said 'why are you standing here looking? Jesus is coming back, now get busy!'
The grace of God teaches us to live in certain ways, hating the things of the world and living godly lives. Our motivation to do that is that we live every day looking for His return.
We don’t need to worry too much about the when – it could happen any day. All we need to do is to live every day as though it were today.
How that would change our lives!