Christmas week is here! Once again, this season comes and I wonder something even as I celebrate HIS birth...
This season reminds me to remember the birth of that special and Holy Babe that was born over 2,000 years ago, but it also reminds me to look ahead, to that day that we are waiting for - His return. In Revelations 22:7, HE reminds us "And behold, I am coming soon."
I have lost several loved ones to death, and just this month, I found out that two very precious ones in my extended family are very sick....time is short. Most of us has probably faced the death of someone we love and our hearts mourn, we miss them, we grieve, yet if we all belong to the Family of God, there is a hope and a trust that we will be together again.
Jesus promises us in John 14 that He is preparing a place for us in Heaven and that He will come again to take us to be with Him. But, there is a part of me that misses Him! And Christmas is a time when I remember the past, and look to the future;
And I wonder,
"How will I live without you today, until we are together again?"
Jesus has answered this question throughout each of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, but no doubt THE ANSWER to my question is found at the end of each Gospel...
Matthew 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations...teaching them to observe (obey) all that I have commanded you."
Mark 16:15 "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation."
Luke 24:47-49 "...that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations...You are witnesses of these things."
John 21:parts of 15-19 "...Feed my lambs...Tend my sheep...Feed my Sheep...Follow me."
I want to live my life for the glory of God!!! So today I challenge myself with the below from John Piper;
"That all of your life—in whatever calling—be devoted to the glory of God."
"That the promises of Christ be trusted so fully that peace and joy and strength fill your soul to overflowing."
"That this fullness of God overflow in daily acts of love so that people might see your good deeds and give glory to your Father in heaven."
Want to be a part of this challenge? Let's start praying and asking Him to use us now as we wait for HIM.