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Last week, I shared about the power outage we experienced while babysitting a couple of my grandkids. Since it was the middle of the day, it was more fun than frightening for them. A while back, one was spending the night when the lights went out during a different storm. I’d gotten way too comfortable with all the storms we’ve had in the last few months that didn’t cause any problems and been caught flat-footed and somewhat unprepared BOTH of these times. The first time – no flashlights handy. The second time, I had the lights, but my computer and cell phone weren’t fully charged, curtailing my activities sharply. It was funny in the midst of it all, and funny still as I think back to the two events. But as you might imagine, I’ve definitely upped my preparations for any future storms/outages.
In thinking about it, isn’t it interesting that our spiritual life needs to be in constant “preparedness” as well. I’ve been enjoying listening to the Prophecy Conference held at Calvary Chapel Philadelphia a few weeks ago and one thing they kept pointing out was that ALL the apostles were in a constant state of expectation for Christ’s imminent return! God’s times are definitely not our times so much of the time (say that 5 times fast). The Lord has tarried, and as a result so many more have been saved (including all of us who weren’t born back then 🙂 ), and I’m so grateful. Aren’t you?
But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still be joining in with the apostles in looking forward to His return!
Peter: ” The end of all things is near ; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaint. As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God...when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” 1 Peter 4:7-10, 5:4 (Great goals for the Sandwich Generation caregiver, don’t you think? )
Paul: “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, Who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.” (More excellent goals for caregivers 🙂 )
Paul: For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. (And what sweet comfort it is! )
Even Jesus, Himself, in the book of Revelation, said:
Jesus: “”Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end…I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” Revelation 22:12-13, 16
I LOVE the song, These are the Days of Elijah. It is such a sweet reminder and comforting encouragement for all of us and very fun to sing with our grandkids as well – talk about leaving a sweet spiritual legacy!
What a great praise song to share with our whole family! What a great video too, don’t you think – triumphant, excited, expectant! And what a great way of starting a conversation with our grandkids (and others) about heaven, Christ’s return, and how vital it is to ALWAYS be prepared! What do you think?