shout or shame

07/14/2006   |   growth    |       |    0 Comment

lately I’ve been struck with the thought of Christ’s return.  will I and other Christians be thrilled about his coming or will we be embarassed based upon where we are spiritually.  in our Bible study I ran upon a passage that made me ponder my own response.  john says, “And now, little children, remain in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink away from him in shame when he comes back” (1john 2:28). in this passage john teaches us that our confidence or lack thereof and response will be based upon whether we have been “abiding” in Jesus Christ. at the coffeehouse the other night we discussed this idea of abiding… john says abiding is being in secure, restful fellowship with Jesus Christ.  he drills down more by helping us understand that restful fellowship requires that we study and believe the truth, obey His word and love our brothers.  we are in fellowship or out of fellowship based upon our responses to these three. 

so, we can have confidence and an excitement at Jesus’ return.  But if we embrace lies, disobey the word and mistreat or hate our brothers then we probably will be embarassed or shame-filled at his return.  let’s live life abiding in fellowship with Jesus Christ and look forward to his return.  come quickly Lord Jesus!