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The Return of the King

Today, I read a great passage during my devotional time that really jumped out to me.

2 Thessalonians 1:7b  – 12 (NLT)

… when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with his mighty ChristOnWhiteHorseangels, in flaming fire, bringing judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with eternal destruction, forever separated from the Lord and from his glorious power. When he comes on that day, he will receive glory from his holy people—praise from all who believe. And this includes you, for you believed what we told you about him.

So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.  Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Here’s a few thoughts that I had:

Jesus is coming back.  (v. 7b)

We can be sure of this.  And what a sight it will be!  Look at the descriptive terms:  “with his mighty angels in flaming fire.”  It will be an awesome day!

There will be two very different responses to His return:

1 – From Those who refuse to obey Christ:

Judgment is imminent.  We can also be sure of this.  The Lord promises that He will take care of His enemies.  The unrepentant will face their eternal destruction, meaning that they will forever be in the process of being destroyed, yet never actually be destroyed.  God’s Word says that those in hell will be in a state of constant burning & being eaten by worms, yet are never consumed.

This should be a sobering reminder to us.  And it should help us to understand that those who seemed to be blessed while defying God will have to stand before Him as the Judge.

2 – Those who obey Christ:

A celebration of the return of our King will begin!  What a glorious day that will be!  We will give Him praise.  We will celebrate the end of sin, pain, heartache, & tears.  Death will no longer be a reality.

Here’s the challenge:
“Live a life worthy of his call!”  (v.11)
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Christ’s return has serious implications for our life!  It should spark a fresh zeal within our spirit.  It should drive us.  It must propel us to live this life with renewed passion!  He is coming back!  His imminent return changes EVERYTHING!

How can I “live a life worthy of his calling?”

It’s all about God!  He will enable you (see v. 11)!  He will give you the power to accomplish everything that He is calling you to do!

God has given you His grace (v. 12) which is through your faith in the sacrificial death & resurrection of Christ.  He provides forgiveness for all those who ask.  He sets us free from addictions & bondages in our lives.  And His grace is not only for the start of our new life of faith in Christ, it is for our everyday!  His grace is enough for me: everyday!

So, be aware of Christ’s return.  And also be aware of His presence in you.  Talk to Him.  Get in His Word.  The Holy Spirit is at work in you.  He is calling us to live a life worthy of His call.  Let’s endeavor to live this day for the glory of our King, Jesus Christ!

 

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7 Responses to “The Return of the King”

  1. Maria Perez says:

    Awesome I want to be with those who obey

  2. Natalie says:

    I agree with Maria. I want to be with those who obey. Sometimes it may be difficult to obey God’s word, but in the end we do because it is God is the one who will judge us. God is Awesome!!

  3. mike KinKade says:

    A hard road to follow But I want to be with the rest. God is great

  4. maureen says:

    How can I “live a life worthy of his calling?”

    this is a great blog post. I am constantly reminded that some people live off their own rules and not Gods. it can be very frustrating to see them succeed in sin because I want them to know God and sometimes it takes a mistake or a fall to realize that. i have lost many friends to pride and self-love. how can we live each day with the self-sacrifice that jesus showed for us

  5. mike KinKade says:

    Wow Maureen I love your comment..

  6. Great comments everybody.

    From the passage, Paul gives us 3 great keys in verses 11-12 that will help us live a life worthy of His calling:

    1. Be a Pray-er (v. 11a)
    Paul said “we keep on praying for you.” Prayer is in it’s basic definition “communication.” It’s not just ‘talking to God,’ but also involves listening to Him. It is important to talk to the Lord, but we also must spend time listening to Him. Part of our prayers should be, “Lord, help me learn to hear your voice and your guiding…” Bible reading should also be done with a prayerful heart, for many times God will speak to us directly through His Word. Be prayerful & receptive to Him.

    2. Be a Do-er (v. 11b)
    Paul prays that the church would receive “the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.” James also tells us that faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26). We need to not just ‘talk the talk’, but we must ‘walk the walk.’ The return of Christ should cause us to accomplish something.

    Don’t just desire to be a good spouse, stop sinning! (When we react in anger, it is sin.) Don’t just talk about being a parent who leads your kids to the Lord, do it! Pray with them & for them! Ask them to forgive you! Keep your promises to them!

    How can we actually “accomplish all the good things” our faith prompts us to do? This is important: through the Power of God! You need to seek the empowerment of the Holy Spirit! The good news is that the LORD is waiting for you to call out to Him. He wants to change you & fill you with His Power to do this! Call out to Him today!

    3. Be Sincere (v. 12)
    Paul says that if we live the life worthy of His calling, “the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live…” What does your life look like? Are you honoring Christ?

    If Jesus knocked on the front door if your house tonight, would you let Him in right away? Or would you have to clean up & put away some stuff first? Would you let Him walk around every room in your house? Or would you want to keep Him in the Living Room like you would any other surprise guest, not wanting Him to see everything?

    What if there was a “take Jesus to work” day? Would you do your job as normal? Or would you ask Jesus to step outside for a minute while you handled your business or flirted with a co-worker?

    The truth is, “living a life worthy of His calling” involves these 3 keys (being a pray-er, a do-er, and sincere), and we MUST seek the LORD’s Power in order to do this! We MUST! I can’t emphasis this enough. Just as we became Christians through of the power of God (saved because of the Cross), and we must live as Christians through of the Power of God!

    Keep the comments coming! May the LORD bless you as you diligently seek Him! Blessings, Pastor.

  7. tammy penn says:

    this is an inspitational piece, i have accepted jesus as my savior and i pray to him everyday just for the strength just to say no. i trust and believe he is with me. and i will never forget that.