When I close my eyes and imagine that day when we will all meet Jesus Christ I feel pure joy and excitement.
Just imagine that one day our God will descend from Heaven and we will behold all of His beauty and power with our very own eyes. We don’t know when that day will come, but in the meantime we have the unique ability to be filled with His goodness, His love, His mercy, and His power.
So until that day comes, we ought to live with expectancy. We ought to use our time wisely and make sure that we seek every opportunity to prepare for that glorious day. Life has a way of swallowing us whole with no mercy at times. We get busy, priorities shift, and sometimes we find ourselves lost in responsibility and the demands of work, family, etc. The tragedy comes when life becomes so overwhelming that we miss the opportunities to experience the fullness of God.
I like to think that when we give God the opportunity to speak to us, it equips us for life. It gives us the confidence and reassurance that we indeed can get through anything because God promised He would never leave us nor forsake us.
Those daily reminders of who God is are critical because it renews our faith and perspective on life. So even when life gets busy and we have no clue how we are going to find our way, we must take things one day at a time, and maybe even hour by hour.
To be prepared in life is to be equipped with God’s word. To be prepared for that day when we meet our Lord and Savior is to make a conscious effort to live according to His word. To be prepared means we live in anticipation of His return while yet depending on Him to be our very best till that day.
I like to think that when mistakes are made, it is a beautiful reminder that without God we are nothing. Only He is perfect and it brings me extreme peace in knowing that we serve a God who cannot and will not fail us, but we must do our part. That is worth celebrating.
I believe with all my heart that when we prepare ourselves by praying, spending quiet time studying, and making a true genuine effort to honor God in our day to day decisions and actions that it brings a smile to His face.
I hope that on that day when I see God for myself that He would be pleased with me. When I meet Jesus I want Him to be proud of me. I want Him to look at me as His child and feel pride in knowing that I made every effort to live a life that gloried Him. So my responsibility it so be mindful of how I live, how I respond to others, to be forgiving, etc. Faith and discipline requires discipline but even in that we honor God.
Are we properly equipping ourselves to experience the work of God in our lives? Are we really prepared for the day God returns? Are we intentionally making God a priority in our lives or are we giving Him a little bit of our time here and there?
These are hard questions but ones we should be mindful of in our walk with God. Let us seek to please God daily. Let us remember that when we fall short, God’s love remains. Let us be mindful that even when life is not perfect, God is. When we equip ourselves to be our best through Christ, we are indeed making God happy.
Wake, Awake, For Night is Flying
Words by: Phillip Nicolai
Wake, awake, for night is flying,
The watchmen on the heights are crying;
Awake, Jerusalem, at last!
Midnight hears the welcome voices,
And at the thrilling cry rejoices:
Come forth, ye virgins, night is past!
The Bridegroom comes, awake,
Your lamps with gladness take;
And for His marriage-feast prepare,
For ye must go to meet Him there.
Zion hears the watchmen singing,
And all her heart with joy is springing,
She wakes, she rises from her gloom;
For her Lord comes down all-glorious,
The strong in grace, in truth victorious,
Her Star is risen, her Light is come!
Ah come, Thou blessed Lord,
O Jesus, Son of God,
We follow till the halls we see
Where Thou hast bid us sup with Thee!
Now let all the heavens adore Thee,
And men and angels sing before Thee,
With harp and cymbal’s clearest tone;
Of one pearl each shining portal,
Where we are with the choir immortal
Of angels round Thy dazzling throne;
Nor eye hath seen, nor ear
Hath yet attain’d to hear
What there is ours,
But we rejoice, and sing to Thee
Our hymn of joy eternally.
Credit: Photo by Elizabeth Berry // Instagram: @ellie.m.berry