Some of the people who first helped me understand the Bible showed me in various passages that Jesus said He would come again. They conveyed the idea that if I wasn’t sinless at that time, I would be overwhelmed by the brightness of His coming, calling for the rocks to fall on me and hide me
from its searing holiness, ultimately perishing with the lost.
Whew, that was heavy for a new Christian who wanted nothing more than to please God! I began to see Jesus’ coming as a threatening spectacle, and my victory over all sin as a ticket to survival. The problem was that the more fear I experienced, the more self-focused I became. My self-focus placed me out of sync with God’s law of self-giving love, and I became less and less capable of true, heart-level victory over sin. A realization of my sinfulness drove me further into fear, increasing the cycle of insanity.
Have you experienced something similar? Friends, this need not be. God would have us look forward to His coming as the crescendo of our earthly existence. Why would we be threatened by the One who has loved us through every dark chapter, an unfailing Friend and Helper? Why would we not look forward to that moment even more than seeing our earthly loved ones again? Here is the key to preparing for His coming: seeing Him as He is. As soft rays of light transform our picture of God, we unconsciously conform to that image of love. Growth in Jesus is really that simple.
Reflect back on times when God has shown up for you in a special way, revealing His true character of love. Remember three such times right now, and thank God for them out loud.
Dear soon-coming Savior, as a Father You have called us Your children. As a Friend You have seen us through dark and difficult times. As our coming King You will be no less of a loving presence. Help us know you better and see your character of love more clearly, is our prayer in Jesus’ name, Amen.
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! It has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” 1 John 1:1-2