To Spread Hope

“But we are citizens in heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.”
Philippians 3:20 (NLT)

Sometimes I wonder why Jesus hasn’t returned yet. When I read the paper or watch the news, I wonder how much longer our world can continue on its self-destructive path, and why Jesus doesn’t just come today and rescue us all.  But then, Holy Spirit gently reminds me that I only see a snippet of time – a nanosecond, really – and while I think my timing is best, God’s timing is perfect.

God is waiting for those who have yet to enter into a relationship with Him. He is far more patient than any of us – and I’m so grateful He is. I’m grateful for the patience He extends to me, as He walks with me through hard times and great struggles. I’m grateful that He knows what is best – even when I don’t agree, or it doesn’t feel good. I’m so grateful for His patient involvement in my life and in those around me. I’m grateful, too, for the way He invites us to take part in other people’s steps towards Salvation.

Paul reminds us that we are ambassadors for Christ – citizens of Heaven – eagerly waiting for Jesus to return. But what are we doing in the waiting? Are we sharing the Good News with others? Are we acting as His hands and feet? Are we modeling His love? Do we look like a Kingdom people, or do we look like the rest of the world?

It’s not that God needs us to make Himself known – creation shouts His existence every day (Rom. 1:20) – it’s that He chooses to help us tell the story – to connect the pieces – by living a life that points to Jesus.

Jesus – the Way, the Truth, and the Life!  The One we eagerly await to return.  Sweet, merciful, beautiful Jesus. What are we without Him?

We are made to know God and to be known by Him. It’s in this intimate relationship that we are made fully alive – alive and attractive to a dying and desperate world. A world waiting for hope. A world waiting for Jesus.

But are we doing our part? Are we engaging in the Great Commission? Around the world, yes! But what about around the block – in our neighborhoods? in our work centers? in our families?
Our lives should be a reflection of the hope we have in Christ Jesus and all that He has done, is doing, and will do!

“But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthly bodies into glories bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him.” Philippians 3:20-21 (MSG)

~Kimi Miller
Associate Pastor, Lifegate Women

Digging Deeper:

Read John 17 in its entirety. Thank Jesus for His incredible sacrifice and His faithfulness. Ask Him how you, too, can glorify the Father through Jesus’ example. How can your life share the hope of Jesus’ return?

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