Thursday, January 12, 2012

Will today be the day?

Will today be the day my faith becomes sight?
Will today be the day I am reunited with my Savior and Lord to worship Him perfectly?
Will today be the day I sing praises to Him with the angels and the multitudes?
Will today be the day I am glorified and my struggle against sin ends forevermore?
Will today be the day I see the place He prepared for me?
Will today be the day I step through the veil and enter eternity?
Will today be the day I stand by the Crystal Sea?
Will today be the day I see His face?
Will today be the day I praise Him at His feet for saving me?
Will today be the day I understand fully, knowing even as I am known?
Will today be the day the tears will be wiped from my eyes?
Will today be the day I come into my inheritance?
Will today be the day I thank my ministering angels?
Will today be the day my faith becomes sight?

Do you have this fervency in your heart? Do you pray these things every day? Are you eager to put aside this tent, this life, these earthly concerns, in anticipation of His call? He rewards this eagerness:

"Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day--and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing." (2 Timothy 4:8)

Our home is not here. Christians tell me every day, either casually or seriously, they aren't ready for the rapture, because they have this to do or that to do. Because they want this or need to finish that. My mouth always falls to the floor.

If you were fortunate enough to have a vacation house growing up, or rented one for the summer, you know that they are usually a more rudimentary kind of dwelling. You were "roughing it". The furniture wasn't as comfortable, it sagged and maybe was a bit ripped. There weren't the amenities you were used to like a washer or dryer. You cheerfully hung the towels from swimming up to dry. It was a novelty from regular life. All your cousins crammed in to the cabin with you, sometimes you had to sleep on the floor because the family ran out of beds. You didn't mind, it was fun, for a while.

Earth is our temporary home. It is roughing it here. We put up with what we have to put up with in the way of inconveniences because the real home awaiting us when we return to it is so fabulous. When you were at camp during the summer or on a sleepover you had a good time but weren't you happy to get back to your Dad? Your home?

He came to earth to die, as the atoning sacrifice for sin of the world, to be resurrected by the power of God, proving He is God, and lives in heaven now, waiting for the time He will call His bride to Him. He came "To guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:79b). We are at peace, knowing we are reconciled to Him, no longer His enemy but His children.

That is how we should feel. This is not our home. When will we see our real home? I don't know. Will today be the day?

8 comments:

  1. Hi Elizabeth,

    I am so read to go home! I can hardly wait. :) I am concerned for my family and friends that do not know the Lord, but having said that I totally trust God that He knows the perfect timing and all will be more than all right but perfect.

    Blessings,
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  2. I am ready too! I had a tough week: a close family member rejected Jesus, again. I mourn for lost friends and family ... but I'm so eager to be where my struggle against sin is over. I hate sinning against Jesus! I sense an urgency in many of the reputable preachers and eschatology scholars too.

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  3. Oh, I am sorry to hear about your family member who has rejected Jesus. I will pray for their salvation.

    I sense this urgency too. The pastor of our church has been totally on fire for Jesus really focusing in on repentance, prayer and getting right with the Lord. It is awesome to see, yet the church...they seem dull. So sad.

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  4. Sharon A. O. MaxwellJanuary 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Elizabeth, I love this post. I too am so ready to go Home, however, like you my heart aches for those who are at present lost!
    I sure enjoy your articles; thanks so much for sharing!
    Sharon

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  5. I agree fully with both of you! It's just about every day, sometimes more than once, that I not only ask, I plead with Jesus to come, and rescue us, save us from this wretched world so we can finally be with Him, safe, to bask in His love and glory.

    J.L.

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  6. I'm so glad I went to take a look at your site. I had a really tough day today, but reading your post made me see things in the right perspective again.
    Thank you so much.

    Jacco Pippel.

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  7. Beautiful post and like you, I so long to be truly at home. No more sin, no more pain only being with the Lord who died for us and who could not be held by death but is alive forever more.

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  8. Thank you Jacco and Pippel. We can praise the Holy Spirit together, for inspiring the post and for sending you to it. :) He knows all our needs. Please stop by any time, Jacco.

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