Then, on the day of Christ’s return... Yesterday, we talked about the importance of standing on God’s Word in the face of challenges. In order to defeat compromise, we have to stand on God’s Word. Today, I want to focus our attention on another reality that gives us courage in the face of opposition—Christ’s return.
How do the early church fathers stand in the face of emperors like Nero? Consigned to be burned as torches in the gardens of senators? How does William Tyndale face being burned at the stake? Or a more modern example… how do Jim Elliot and his friends go into the jungles of the Amazon in order to reach an indigenous people that he knew would likely perceive him as an enemy? They stood on God’s Word, and they viewed life in the reality of Christ’s return! They faced down their opposition knowing how the story ends.
It’s not likely any of us will be burned at the stake for professing Jesus. But even to confront minor discomforts, we’ll have to live grounded in the truth that Jesus is coming back. When you live with that out in front, knowing that’s the end goal, the supreme prize of this life, it changes the way we live this life. If He’s coming back, then my time is short; and it’s on me to boldly declare, with love, the Good news that there is salvation in Jesus’ Name!
The hope we have in Jesus is our source of strength. Think of everything we look forward to, thanks to Jesus. Make a list and post it where you can see it on a regular basis.